Washington Feb. 18. 08.
The sailors who brought your letter called at a moment when I was so engaged I could not see them, and when I afterwards enquired for them, they were gone with an intention as I expected to call again. not having done this, I now inclose you capt. Tingey’s letter by which you will be informed of the kind of emploiment we can give them at the Navy yard, which I pray you to communicate to them. I salute you with respect
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.