Washington Dec. 10. 07
Early in the present year I recieved from the General assembly of Rhode island an Address, to which, on public considerations it was thought advisable to defer the answer for some time. Will you be so good as to permit me to avail myself of your relations with that honorable body to transmit to them the answer now inclosed? I tender to yourself at the same time the assurances of my high respect and esteem.