Boston Decr. 5th. 1806
My dear Sir
Bing this morning honoured by your kind & friendly reply to my expressed desire of resignation as Collector I should be untrue both to my former professenal and my present gratefull feelings if I did not immediately assure you that your inclination now discovered to me as to the time shall be a Law in my mind.
I have the honour of being My Dear Sir with the most perfect esteem, your obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.