Philadelphia December 21st. 1807.
In consideration of a favour which I have recently received from you, I think, will justify me, in troubling you with these few lines, to return my sincere thanks for the favour confered. The very great disparity which subsists between us gave me little reason to hope for the success of my letter. The intervening time which alapsed served to suffocate that ray of hope which I dared to nourish in my bosom. But, since your benignity cherishes my ambition and stimulates me to make additional efforts to rise in the estimation of the world—no exertions on my part shall be wanting to facilitate my progress in the pursuit in which I am about to enter; and would suggest a wish to be remembered. Your obedient servant
MHi: Coolidge Collection.