Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Ezra Stiles Ely, 14 June 1819

Philadelphia June 14th 1819.

Venerable Man,

Permit a young Philosopher, to present a veteran with a copy of his “Conversations on the Science of the Human Mind.” If you have leisure to read the little book, which I send you through the mail, I hope it will afford you some philosophical recreation. Were you not continually plagued with such things, I should solicit the expression of your opinion upon it.

Possibly it may be of some use, to the already celebrated University, of which you are the father. I am, dear Sir, a Presbyterian, a Calvinist, and a man of common sense: I can, therefore, respect and esteem a literary man, of distinguished talents, & usefulness to his country, however I may differ from him, even in important theological opinions.

Ezra Stiles Ely.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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