Baltimore 28th. febry. 1809
Allow me once more to use the freedom of addressing you & of introducting to your acquaintance, my friend Mr Van Alphen, a Native of Holland, but for some years past a resident of the Island of Java, from whence he arrived a few months past in a Ship, in which I am a part owner Mr Van Alphen being (with his friend) desirous of viewing the Seat of our Governmt, before their departure for Europe, I avail myself of the opportunity of giving him a few lines to you, & which I am assured your goodness will pardon,—& believe me with sentiments of esteem & respect—
Yr. frnd &c
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.