4th. August 1806
I take the Liberty of addressing you on the present occasion for the purpose of doing away any unfavorable impressions which my necessary detention from Fort St Stephens may make. I have been here several weeks, wishing myself to obtain a passage down the river, but at present have no hope of success, as the water is uncommonly low, even for this season. My situation is such as to preclude the possibility of my performing the trip by land, or I should certainly do so. I beg you however to be assured that I shall avail myself of the first change which may enable me to adopt either mode of transporting myself to that place without delay.
I am respectfully Sir yr. obt. Servt.
Tho. W. Maury
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.