From Thomas T. Hewson
Philada Jany 8th 1810.
The American Philosophical Society have renewed their expressions of respect by again unanimously reelecting you their President.—And they entertain a just hope that the same liberal assistance which they have hitherto experienced will be continued. Retiring from the direction of public affairs the Philosophic Patriot possesses a usefulness and enjoys a happiness unknown to the mere Statesman. The motives and the opportunities of contributing to the public welfare, the true foundation of individual happiness, still remain. That many years of happiness may be added to your life is the sincere and ardent wish of the Society
Thos T Hewson Correspg secy
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 14 Jan. 1810 and so recorded in SJL.
TJ was reelected president of the american philosophical society on 5 Jan. 1810 (APS description begins American Philosophical Society description ends , Minutes [MS in PPAmP]). He held the position continuously from 1797 until 1814 (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 31 vols. description ends , 29:254; TJ to Robert M. Patterson, 23 Nov. 1814).