Washington May 4. 06.
I have duly recieved the new charts of the US. & of the West Indies which you have been so kind as to send me. the labors which tend to render navigation secure, to promote the intercourse & commerce of nations, & to save the lives of the numberless individuals who are committed to the perils of the ocean, cannot but be approved by the friends of humanity. the particular charts in question are of peculiar interest to the citizens of the US. and will no doubt attract the attention of all those concerned in the navigation of these seas. believing they will be particularly useful to the marine of the US. the Secretary of the Navy will take measures for procuring a considerable number of them. With my thanks for your attentions, Accept my salutations and assurances of respect.
ViWC: Jefferson Papers, Tucker-Coleman Collection.