Jefferson writes to Patterson with an apology and rectification: "The failure to send your commission has been an act of forgetfulness of my own, as it should have been with you in time. I have directed it to be made out to-day I sent by this evening post, under date of the 1st inst. so that you will receive it by the mail which carries this letter. Accept friendly salutations and assurances of great esteem & regret."
The letter is addressed to Robert Patterson of Philadelphia, with "FREE" stamp and Washington postal mark. This could be Robert Patterson (1743-1824) who was the fourth director of the US Mint and the fifth president of the American Philosophical Society, an organization that Jefferson was deeply involved with since 1780 and president of the Society from 1797-1814. It is also possibly Patterson's son, Robert Maskell Patterson (1787-1854), a professor and the 6th Director of the US Mint (1835-1851). He was also a member and President of the American Philosophical Society and one of five Society members chosen by Thomas Jefferson to instruct Lewis and Clark before their expedition. The younger Patterson became close friends with Jefferson, with the two men even occasionally writing to each other in code.
[With:] Additional sheet cataloging the correspondence and a note: "Also private correspondence between R.M. Patterson and Hon. Thomas Ewing (?), April 1841.
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