Cambridge 15 Dec. 1806.
I now return to you by mail the American and British Chronicle, which you were so obliging as to lend me; and beg you to accept my very grateful acknowledgments for the loan of it. The expectation of a different conveyance induced me to detain it somewhat longer than I actually wanted it; and I shall much regret it, if the detention has occasioned you the smallest inconvenience. The Memoires d l’Amerique, which you generously offered to loan me, I hope, Sir, have not been forwarded. I have received no account of them.
They would probably have come too late for my purpose, by any proper conveyance, after the time when you obligingly offered them; and they are too rare and valuable to be hazarded without the presumption of rendering essential service to the historical concerns of our country.
The second volume of American Annals is just out of the press; a copy of which I shall forward to you by the first vessel for Alexandria (to sail in a few days from Boston), and wish it may be worthy your acceptance.
In the mean time, I am, Sir, Your respectful & much obliged humb. Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.