|Sir||Old Jewry 29th. January 1786.|
As your Excellency mentioned to me the desire of the Marquis de Fayette to collect what has been written against the Slave Trade, I have sought out a Copy of each of my own Tracts on that subject and request that you will be pleased to transmit them to the Marquis as a mark of the Author’s sincere esteem for a Nobleman so eminently distinguished for his generous zeal & exertions in behalf of the natural Rights & Liberties of Mankind! I would have had these books properly bound for the Marquis, had I not feared the loss of time by the Workmen; & therefore lest any opportunity of sending should be lost, I thought it most prudent to send the Books in their present state without delay. Besides the Books on the Slave Trade, I have sent a few on some subjects which perhaps may not be unacceptable to the Marquis: as a Tract to render the pronunciation of the English Tongue more easy to Foreigners; a Tract against Duelling addressed to Military Men in particular, a Tract on Militia & national Defence; & my Tract in defence of America. But if there should be any impropriety in sending Books on subjects which the Marquis did not mention or desire, I hope your Excellency will be pleased to retain them. I have also sent, in another parcel, duplicates for your Excellency of all these Tracts except three, vizt. “the Representation against Slavery in England” and the Tract against Duelling, because I have no other Copies of either, having only found these by chance to day—; and the Tract on Militia or National Defence I did not send because I suppose I have already presented it to your Excellency when I gave you the Tract on Congregational Courts last Summer: but if I am mistaken in this, it shall be sent hereafter.
With great respect and esteem I remain, / Sir, Your Excellency’s / most obedient & most humble Servant