Washington May 9th. 1827.
Knowing the interest you have always felt in every thing connected with Systems of Education, from the influence they necessarily have, as well on individual happiness, as on the future greatness, and true glory of the United States, I have taken the liberty to invite your attention, at some leisure hour, to some short sketches of the Fellenberg System presented in the American Farmer of the 13th. & 20th. Ulto. & 4th. Inst.
should that System so far as its general principles extend (without any reference to any particular objects) seem to you applicable to the U. S. tho’ I should highly appreciate the sanction of your Opinion, yet, I will by no means ask any expression of it, if it will interfere with any wish to avoid such Expression, or will afford another unwellcome precedent for intrusions on your valuable time—with every Respectful Sentimt. Yr. Mo. Ob. St. &c
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.