Montebello on or before 18 Oct. 1806
The public papers will have informed you of the afflicting loss I have sustained by the Sudden Death of my Eldest Son.—I return’d to my Seat to Seek consolation in Retirement—as yet I find it not.—I find that I want that kind of Philosophy which forbids feeling—Here I received your letter—and Sent Capt. Peckman’s Receipt to Mr Buchanan.—I desired him to give you the Information required—from the inclosed It would appear that he has left that for me, yet I Cannot but believe that he has written you—lest he should not I Send you the inclosd and am Dr Sir/
your friend & Servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.