Your letter of Augst. 9th. was not recd. nor indeed written till the Convention at Charlottesville had dissolved itself. Had it been otherwise, the topics you suggest wd. not have been viewed as within the task for which the members had met
For myself, however worthy of attention, your suggestions may be, I have arrived at a period of life which makes it proper that I should leave them to others more competent to do them justice.
Being much out of health when & since I recd. your communication, I could not sooner make the acknowledgt. of it With friendly respects