Washington May 4th. 1827.
I now enclose the Copy of a fragment of a letter from Coll. Geo: Mason dated the 2d of Octr. 1778, alluded to in my last communication to you—This fragment written in the hand writing of Coll. Mason closes the last page of a sheet of paper, the remaining pages are missing—altho the paper is not addressed to any one it is known to have been a Copy of a Letter from Coll. Mason to Coll. Geo: Mercer then in London—I very much regret that the residue of this Copy cannot be recovered—Yours very sincere<ly>