Greensboro.(G) July 31st. 1806
Your letter of the 27th of last month was duly recieved. It would have been answered before this time, but that I wished to obtain the best information within my power upon the subject matter thereof.—From all I can learn relative to the former Character & conduct of Jacob Ray I believe them to have been extremely suspicious—He was once detected in passing counterfeit Bank notes before he left this state, tho not prosecuted. His associates for years before were persons of Suspicious character, & who are believed to have been much engaged in passing counterfeit Bills. He was by trade a hatter, but is believed to have attended very little to that or any other business visible to the Eyes of his Neighbourhood—
I am Sir with the highest respect your Obt. Sert.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.