From James Freeman
Boston. Nov. 14. 1816.
I have lately returned to Boston, where I had the pleasure of finding the note of October the 10th, which you did me the honour to address to me. I still regret, as do all my friends here, that I had not the opportunity of hearing you speak. But I shall always remember with gratitude the hospitality of those members of your family, whom I had the satisfaction of seeing; and I rejoice in particular, that by becoming acquainted with your granddaughters, I have obtained the knowledge of two elegant and well-educated young ladies, whom I may propose as models to my granddaughter, nieces, and other female friends, whom I wish to improve in the eloquence of conversation, in purity of language, in delicacy of manners, in knowledge, and in virtue. To Miss Ellen Randolph I take the liberty of presenting, with your permission, a small volume, which I published a few years ago.
RC (DLC); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Mr Jefferson Monticello Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Dec. 1816 and so recorded in SJL.
The small volume for Ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) was Freeman’s Sermons on Particular Occasions (Boston, 1812; repr. Boston, 1814).
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