Washington Nov. 6. 07.
On recurring to my books, I find I have been a very unpunctual debtor to you. I beg you to be assured that it has been merely owing to the want of my attention being called to it, a circumstance often rendered necessary by other occupations & always recieved with thankfulness. inclosing you now a check on the bank for my arrearages, I take this occasion of testifying the pleasure which I have recieved in attending the performance of the functions of your office whenever I have been able to attend and the satisfaction with which I have continued a member of your congregation from my first residence here till the removal of the church to it’s present distance. this circumstance solely occasioning my discontinuance of attendance, I cannot refuse myself the gratification of declaring to you the high estimation in which I hold your character & conduct, and the pleasure it will give me at all times to avail myself of occasions of manifesting it. I pray you to accept my friendly salutations & assurances of my high respect & esteem.
ViW: Jefferson Papers, Tucker-Coleman Collection.