Philadelphia Sept. 25. 1807.
I have this day the honor of your respected favor of the 21st. instant. Permit me to assure you, Sir, that it is a cordial to my bosom, that the observations on naval power, No. 2, promise, in your judgment, public benefit. Our country wants all the zeal of its good citizens to nurse and defend its minor state in a season when the adult nations are so irregular, and excessive; and this is my only apology for troubling the government or the people with any little contribution I may be able to make.
You will be pleased to retain the copy I presumed to send you: The rough draught remains in my hands; and will be used in the manner suggested. I never have any confidence in what I wrote, except that truth is sincerely advocated.
I beg you, Sir, to indulge me in the declaration of my unfeigned attachment, and my perfect respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.