Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David Campbell, 3 November 1791

From David Campbell

City Tavern Philadelphia Novr 3d. 1791


I hesitate to intrude upon you, engaged as you are in such a multiplicity of public business: But suffer me to profit by your knowledge of those books which really ought to be read. I mean a small Law and family Library. A memorandum of such will be considered a favor.

I communicate to you the Sentiments of intense Regard and Respect I entertain for you, by informing that I have had my eldest son, a fine boy, christened by the name of Jefferson, that I might have the pleasure of hearing your name daily pronounced in my family.

You will not consider these lines as proceeding from ostentation. They are the pure expressions of a heart sensible of the value of a wise, faithful, and upright Officer of Government.

I shall leave the City about the tenth Instant. I have the honor to be, Sir, Your Obt. Servt.

David Campbell

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 3 Nov. 1791 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ replied to Campbell, a Southwest Territory judge, in a letter of 10 Nov. 1791.

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