From Thomas Cooper
Philadelphia July 9th 1810
Col. Patten of the post office here, was so good as to hand me your obliging letter relating to my opinion on an Insurance Case.1 I hasten to acknowledge the receipt of your favour, and to express my high satisfaction at the approbation you have thought fit to bestow. It is approbation of the only kind worth having; laudari a laudato viro.2 I remain with sentiments of great respect Sir Your obliged friend and Servant
RC (DLC). Attached to the verso is a clipping from the Northumberland Gazette of 31 July 1810 with Cooper’s instructions of 17 May 1810 on gathering data for the 1810 census (see Cooper to JM, 14 Sept. 1810, n. 7).
2. “To be praised by one who has himself been praised,” Cicero, Letters to His Friends, 5.12.7 (Loeb Classical Library [3 vols.; London, 1972], 1:375).