To Benjamin Smith Barton
May 17. 97.
Th: Jefferson presents his friendly compliments to Dr. Barton and his thanks for his note of yesterday. He sets too high value on his esteem not to recieve every mark of it with sensibility. The subject of his piece is worthy of it’s author and he is satisfied the execution also will do justice to the subject.
RC (PHi); addressed: “Doctr. Barton 86. North 5th. street.” Not recorded in SJL.
Barton’s note of yesterday is not recorded in SJL and has not been found. The piece was probably Barton’s New Views of the Origin of the Tribes and Nations of America (see Book Dedication from Benjamin Smith Barton, 21 June 1797).