Richmond 18th. Jan. 1809.
Presuming that in times such as the present are, my letter to my Brother (written in great haste) and his answer to it, while they contain no information of importance in relation to any particular character, point nevertheless to topics worthy your consideration, I use the freedom of enclosing them for your inspection. I should have sent you copies of these letters, instead of the Originals; but that I have no clerk, and am not myself at leisure to copy them.
In perusing my Brother’s letter to me, you will find my apology for requesting that at your convenience, the papers enclosed may be returned to me.
With the highest respect I have the honor to be Sir, Yr. mo. ob. Servt.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.