Providence Decr. 19th 1807
Mr. Collins who hopes to have the honor of presenting this line to the President, visits the seat of government with views to the public interest. He was formerly introduced by myself at Washington, and is now the Collector of the port of Bristol. Though many have deviated, he has continued in the strait path—is a real republican and true friend to the present Administration. Whatever he may state in relation to affairs in Rhode Island, however adverse to the declarations of others, may be received with full & perfect confidence. Through him are tendered to the President assurances of the most confirmed respect & attachment, with wishes the most anxious for a happy issue to the events which seem to threaten the peace & happiness of our Country—
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.