New York March 1. 1829
I have directed the Publisher to forward to you a little Work which has engaged some of my hours of a melancholy leisure this winter. Having almost lost every one that was dear to me, and my domestic happiness being entirely broken up, my mind turns willingly to Contemplative pursuits. If you have not read the original, my translation will in an imperfect manner, make you acquainted with some interesting views both of Government and Religion, and never brought forwards with greater Eloquence than in Cicero’s Republic.
I must also say that I think the Work is very appropriate for American readers who are actually engaged about the interest of their Country.
To you whose Task is well done, and who look with a cheerful benevolence on what is going on around you; I merely offer the work for your Amusement; and as a Testimony of the Constant Admiration I entertain for your Character
G. W. Featherstonehaugh