Washington May th 1828
The Hon R. M. Johnson has this moment handed me $5 for the Fredoniad and your letter which I have persused with great delight—My Brother Doct Richard Emmons will be more than happy to find that you have honoured him with the purchase of a Copy of his poem—I should have presented you with a Copy of the work as a token of my sense of your exalted merit—But indigent circumstances & a debt yet due the publisher prevented. With great respect your Obt Svt
RC (DLC). Docketed by James Madison.