Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Patterson, 9 February 1819

Baltimore 9th Feby, 1819

Dear Sir

In conforming to the request contained in your’s of the 21st Jany, I have found no difficulty in ascertaining that Mr Milon, is a very obscure & unpromising person, by no means fitted to fill any station in the contemplated University—My first enquiry was addressed to a respectable Italian, of this place, who gave me an unfavourable picture, of Milon’s habits & accomplishments & seemed to doubt, indeed, if he were an Italian at all—I send you back, his letter, but think, that all farther enquiry regarding him, would be useless—We learned, yesterday “that Jefferson had met with a very afflicting calamity, which I know must have produced infinite distress to yourself, & family I need not Say that his friends here, sympatise earnestly & sincerely with you, & that we hope & trust his valuable life will be preserved—In the extraordinary circumstances of this case, it is not easy to suggest the proper course of conduct toward the perpetrators of such an enormity, but I hope, no compromise will put it again, in his power, to repeat a similar outrage—With my respects to your family, & assurances of esteem & respect

I am your very obdt

Jno Patterson

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