Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Rodolphus Dickinson, 24 April 1813

To Rodolphus Dickinson

Monticello Apr. 24. 13.


Be pleased to1 accept my thanks for your ‘View of Massachusets proper.’ a volume of facts is worth more than2 whole libraries of speculations and fermentations of the brain; and those respecting Massachusets will continue to be interesting whether she continues an American state, or becomes a British province. a mind which in youth takes the useful direction of facts, promises much to3 our real knolege in it’s advancement thro’ life. may you go on then as you have begun and add to those sentiments of respect and thankfulness with which I salute you.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); addressed: “Rodolphus Dickinson esquire Greenfield Massachusets”; frank clipped; postmarked Charlottesville, 28 Apr. PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ. Tr (MDeeP: Dickinson Family Papers); in Dickinson’s hand; misdated 5 Apr. 1813.

1Preceding three words omitted in Tr.

2Preceding two words omitted in Tr.

3Remainder of sentence in Tr reads “the advance of our knowledge in its future course.”

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