March 9th. 1807.
The death of the husband of my eldest sister occasioned my absence from the City last week—on my return I was informed of a very unpleasant circumstance, as is relates to myself—some characters, none respectable among them that I can learn (I shall pursue my enquiry) burnt, hung, & shot me in Effigy at the Navy Yard—that I never gave any just cause for such treatment I feel confident—yet I owe it to you Sir, who have been so kind—to my friends—to my family, & to myself to satisfy you, and others on that subject—unfortunately for me (for a moments delay, under such circumstances is painful indeed) that those gentlemen, who from their pursuits are most intimate with my conduct, since I have been Marshal of this District, are now absent—The Gentlemen of the Bar of Alexandria, except Mr. Jones are at Leesburg, those of Washington, at Montgomery—As soon as those Gentlemen return I will obtain testimonials of my Official conduct—believe me Sir, I will not shrink from, but invite enquiry; & I do trust that I shall convince all that this attack is equally unmerited & unprovoked—pardon me for now troubling you, but under such circumstances, I feel it a duty I owe to you, as well as myself—
With due Respect I am Sir yr Obt. Sevt
Daniel C. Brent
The enclosed I recd. only yesterday
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.