Decr. 29. 28
With your favor of the 23d. was duly recd. the copies of 2 Reports from the Secy of State on the years committed to the care of Mr. Trist. I am sorry for the trouble taken in such voluminous transcripts which greatly exceedd. what I intended. I find too they happen not to contain the particular information which I had in view. But it appears from a passage in the larger Report that it is probably referred to under No. 18, in an appendix, and I will ask the favor of you, if it be so & not of too great extent, to add a copy of that to the papers for which I am already indebted. I have mentioned the subject to Mr. Trist, who will give any explanation that may make my precise object, the better understood.
Be so obliging as to let the inclosed letter to Mr. Barbour pass to him, with the earliest communication from the Dept. of State With my great esteem, accept also assurances of my cordial regard