To William Bentley
Monticello Mar. 16. 14.
I thank you for the sermon on the death of Genl Fiske, which I have read with pleasure. he appears to have been truly a model of merit. and the more deserving of praise inasmuch as his good works being performed in the still walks of private life, were not to be blazoned on the great theater of the world. what a contrast does a character of so much benevolence hold up to view with that of the Attilas and Bonapartes, the flagella dei, sent to scourge kings & nations for their crimes & follies!
RC (NNGL, on deposit NHi); at foot of text: “the revd mr Bentley.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.