From Benjamin Smith Barton
Philadelphia, March 10th, 1801.
I take the liberty of introducing to your knowledge the bearer of this, Mr. Benjamin Rittenhouse. Mr. Rittenhouse is the brother of our late illustrious astronomer. He is a man of the most amiable character, and of pure, unsoiled republican principles.
Permit me, Sir, to congratulate your country upon the great event which has just taken place. To you, I am persuaded, the event is of much less importance than to the United-States, and to the world, at large. Novus jam nascitur ordo. May it be an order, a dispensation calculated to increase your happiness, as, I sincerely believe, it will increase the happiness of the union.
I acknowledge, with many thanks, the receipt of your letter of the 14th of February, and subscribe myself, with the greatest respect, Sir,
Your most obedient and most humble servant, and friend,
Benjamin Smith Barton
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 19 Mch. and so recorded in SJL.
Novus jam nascitur ordo: “a new order is now born.”