Philada Nov 17. 1827
I send you by this Mail, and request your acceptance & (if liesure permit) your perusal of some of my lucubrations, on a subject which has occupied three fourths of my thought & time, for nearly nine years—i. e. the best means of promoting "the wealth, power & resources" of the nation & the happiness & prosperity of its Citizens. In these labours I had no personal interest to serve, as I never suffered, while I was in trade, injury by importation to the amt. of 100 Dollars: and were the case otherwise, having retired from business nearly four years since, no such motive as personal interest could actuate me now. With the most sincere wishes for your health & welfare, I remain, respectfully your obt. hble. Servt.