Philadelphia April 22d. 1836
It is probable that I shall go abroad about the end of next month to divide a twelvemonth between France & England. From patriotic motives & personal attachments I intend to publish in Paris or London from time to time Sketches Biographical & Bibliographical, of the most eminent among the living writers & intelligences of our country. I wish to obtain now, accordingly, suitable memoranda—mere dates & facts. I need not mention the estimation in which I hold Your mind & works. May I venture to ask a simple list of your publications & some account of the stations you have filled &c.? Is there extant in print any correct biographical notice of you? Pardon this intrusion & believe me to be dear Sir with profound respect Your faithful servant.