From William Canby
11th 2mo 1817.—
Esteemed friend Thomas Jefferson,
an Accurrence took place som time past, wh caused a desire to write to thee, hoping som imbecility of a mind frequently weak, need not always separate friends, to wit Reading our friend Chs Thomsons Synopsis on the Evangelists, a thing New to me. & agreeable, particularly a Note appearing to Reconcile the apparently different genealogies, of the Lord Jesus, given in Mattw & Luke.—for th’o that, & other apparent imperfections in the letter of Scripture, have given me but little trouble, having long when serious or [levitily?] Reading them felt somthing like a spirit of Interpretation wh I think wil ever attend the mind seeking after an Acquaintance with the living God, yet correct Scripture is desirable—I have met but the one copy, & propos’d to the owner to send it thee, but he supposed it quite likely C. Thomson had sent it thee, & his had been mostly out on loan, if thou art desirous, & hast not perus’d it—its like it may be procured in Philada
RC (MHi); one word illegible; dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Feb. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Fitzwhylsonn & Potter, 19 Mar. 1817, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello.—Virginia”; franked; postmarked Wilmington, Del., 12 Feb. 1817.
Charles Thomson reconciled seemingly variant genealogies of jesus in note 3 (pp. 4–7 of separately paginated notes) to A Synopsis of the Four Evangelists: or, A Regular History of the Conception, Birth, Doctrine, Miracles, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ, in the Words of the Evangelists (Philadelphia, 1815; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 9 [no. 509]).
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