Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison

I return you mr Coxe’s letter which has cost me much time at two or three different attempts to decypher it. had I such a correspondent I should certainly admonish him that if he would not so far respect my time as to write to me legibly, I should so far respect it myself as not to waste it in decomposing and recomposing his hieroglyphics.

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “James Madison.”
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
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October 18, 1823
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