From Benjamin Rush
Philadelphia June 28th 1811
I enclose you another Attempt to combat a greater enemy to the prosperity and liberties of the United states, than the fleets of Britain and the Armies of Bonaparte. It is intended to catch the eye of the Common people—upon the doors of School houses, Court houses and Churches. For this purpose suppose it were republished in your state. Bishop Madison would I have no doubt concur in it, for I know him to think humanely and piously upon this Subject.
RC (MHi); addressed (torn): “Thomas Jefferson Mo[nticello]”; postmarked Philadelphia, 28 June; endorsed by TJ as a letter from Rush received 2 July 1811 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Rush, A view of the physical, moral, and immoral effects of certain liquors upon the body and mind of man, and upon his condition in society (Philadelphia, 1808), or an otherwise unknown later edition.
On this day Rush also sent a copy of his temperance broadside to John Adams, asking that he “Send it to the parson of your parish” or “any other person that you think will republish it and cause copies of it to be pasted upon the doors of your school and court and meeting houses in different parts of the state” (Rush, Letters description begins Lyman H. Butterfield, ed., Letters of Benjamin Rush, 1951, 2 vols. description ends , 2:1086).
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