New York 52. South Street
27 January 1807 [i.e. 1808]
The leizure hours of a few months residence in the United States have enabled me to prepare for the Press ‘The Foundling of Belgrade’ a tale intended as a series to ‘The memoirs of Charles Westcote’ published by me about a twelve month since in Great Britain.
Apart from the honor of receiving a dedication to the first magistrate of a free people the liberty of placing this volume under the Patronage of the author of ‘Notes on Virginia’ were a privilege truly grateful to my vanity. The work is now in the press; and will remain with you Sir, to reject or confirm the honor I solicit.
In a few days I leave the Country but I shall have time to be apprized of your permission should you incline to indulge me in my request.—
I have the honor of subscribing myself Sir Your very obedient humble Servant
CSmH: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.