Near Wheeling August 6,1816
While I lived near you in Ohio, we became
friends, or at least, you often expressed a friendship for
me, and as I thought, viewed the Sincerity of the pro-
fession by many, by a great many acts of kindness
for which I always felt & often expressed the most heart-
felt gratitude- the only return in my power to
I am extremely happy in the reflection, (altho I never
have nor do I know set up a claim to your friendship)
that I have done nothing in word or deed to
forfeit it. But I have it only second hand & gratuitously
from one of your neighbors that instead of
entertaining anything like friendship for me, you
feel a resentment the most keen and desolating.
The idea of not having a persons friendship is not
so grievous as that of loosing it without a cause.
It is quite presumable that a considerable resolution
has taken place in your mind in regard to me
yet I will not presume it to have taken place without
some real or immaginary cause whatever it may be.