Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Maria Cosway, 23 December 1788

From Maria Cosway

London 23 dece:

My Dear Friend

Give me leave to present you Mrs: Cowley the first femal dramatic Author in this Country, she has most distinguishd talents, she is the most elegant writer, great poet, and a great Genius, a particular friend of mine and an amiable woman. You have I hope some frindship for me, speak of me with Mrs: Cowley. You will like her, take care of your heart, she may run away with it. How [I]1 envy her and every body that can converse with you: pray write, pray write, pray write, and dont go to America without coming to England.

God bless you and believe me Your Most affte frind


RC (ViU); endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received, together with a letter from Hannah Cowley, 28 Jan. 1789, q.v., on 29 Jan. 1789.

1Mrs. Cosway first wrote “I how,” then erased the pronoun and failed to insert it at this point.

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