Dec. 22. 1830.
Yours enclosing the paper of Mr Patton was duly recd. Fearing that the delay in hearing from me may be misunderstood, I think it not amiss to mention that I have been prevented from giving it the proper attention by several jobs of the pen, & especially by a painful Rhumatic attack not yet abated. It will give me pleasure to comply with the request you communicated as soon as I can: though it should be in a way no otherwise of value, than as it may offer views of subjects for Mr P.s own development & reflections. Affct. respects