Montpellier Aug. 10. 1826
I received some days ago your favor of July 26: and the "Life of Mr. Pinkney" referred to, is now also come to hand: I return without delay, my thanks for the work, well assured that it will be found to merit them.
I am not surprized that your known occupations did not permit you to mingle with the biographical topics, more of the historical notice of the period which you had once intended. I shall not be singular in regretting, at the same time, that the task could not be executed by the pen, which furnished such a specimen of judicious and interesting observations as distinguished the elegant address <of> the opening of the N. York Athenaum.
To my thanks for the biographical volume, I have to add those due for the "Report of the Revisors of the Statute laws of N. York", and to both, assurances of my great esteem, and my best wishes.