Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joel Barlow, 2 February 1792

From Joel Barlow

London Feby. 2d. 1792


I take the liberty to present you with a short treatise of mine on the present circumstances of Europe, which by a kind of moral reaction may stand a chance to be of some use in America; as a habit of reflecting on the subjects here treated may induce us to prize such of our own institutions as are good, and to improve those that are defective. I hope to sail for America in a short time; perhaps even before I shall be able to publish the second part of this work which I have promised. I am, Sir, with great respect & gratitude, your Obt. Servt.,

J. Barlow

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 16 Apr. 1792 and so recorded in SJL.

Barlow’s short treatise was the first part of his celebrated Advice to the Privileged Orders, in the Several States of Europe, Resulting from the Necessity and Propriety of a General Revolution in the Principle of Government (London, 1792). See Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952-1959, 5 vols. description ends No. 2828.

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