To Catharine Church
Octob. 19. 1788.
Accept, my dear Kitty, this collection of the Antient Moralists. They will amuse you less now, but more hereafter. You will read them with pleasure, when the giver will no longer exist but in the memory of a very few. Be you of that number, my dear; and render some portion of your esteem to him who has a great deal of affection for you.
N (NN); this presentation inscription, in TJ’s hand, is on the fly-leaf of Pierre-Charles Lévesque’s Collection des Moralistes Anciens (Paris, 1788).