Washington Jan. 25. 07.
Not knowing whether the prisoners are in your custody or still in that of the military, I take the liberty of inclosing you an open letter for Dr. Bollman. be so good as to read the letter, & if he is in your possession, seal & deliver it to him. if he is still in possession of the military, ask the favor of Colo. Wharton also to read the letter, seal it, & deliver it to Dr. Bollman. his answer to me he will of course seal, because of the confidence on which it is given. I salute you with friendship & respect
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.