Monday 3 OC 16 May 1808
Finding on my return from a little ride, that the post was here without my having recd a key to the mail, I thought it best to have a link of the chain taken off, rather than take the alternative. Hence the mail goes open; but I am enabled to send the letters addressed to me for your perusal. There are letters from Erving but old & not worth forwarding. In fact I take all of them to be duplicates. The rider having been much delayed, I do not detain him a moment longer than necessary. Yrs. as always
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.