Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Moss White, 7 May 1801

From Joseph Moss White

Danbury May 7th AD 1801


Your kind, unthought, of, condescension in writing me, incites my gratefull acknowledgment which long since I should have expressed: But have been waiting for the Publication of the Inquirer, Pamphlet [wise?], which I had heard was like to take Place, that, herewith I might send you one enclosed, as You informed me you did not recollect having seen them in Mr Moss’s Paper. Please to accept of the inclosed, as a token of gratitude, and the respect I owe and the veneration I entertain, of you in your exalted Station.

And be assured that it is matter of no small consolation to me to find since your Inauguration, the Tongue of Slander has become allmost mute, and the feelings of even the good People of the state of Connecticut (their old, steady Habits notwithstanding) appear to be sweetned towards you in your official Capacity, by means of your consiliatory, pleasing, and affectionate Address delivered on that Auspicious Day.

That the blessings of Heaven may attend You and the blessings of this Great tho Infant Nation may be merited, and come upon you, as a due Reward for your important Services, is not only earnestly wished & hoped for; but confidently expected, by your most obedient humble Servant.

Joseph Moss White.

RC (MoSHi: Jefferson Papers); endorsed by TJ as received 11 May and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Daniel Humphreys, The Inquirer: Being, an Examination of the Question lately agitated, respecting the legitimate Powers of Government; whether they extend to the Care of Religion, and warrant making and enforcing Laws for the Purpose of establishing, supporting, or encouraging the Christian religion (Boston, 1801); see Sower-by, No. 1649.

White offered his acknowledgment of TJ’s letter of 11 Jan.

Mr. Moss’s paper: White was probably referring to Samuel Morse, printer of the Danbury Farmer’s Journal and Sun of Liberty (Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820, Worcester, Mass., 1947, 2 vols. description ends , 1:15, 18).

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