Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Whittemore, 6 September 1821

Hon. Sir,—

We are in this town (Milford) a body of coarse farmers, but true Republicans. The Oration I send you I delivered at the earnest request of my townsmen. Had I had more than 24 hours to prepare it, I could have bestowed more labour for elegance of composition. But such as it is, agreeably to the warm solicitations of those who heard it I have presented to the world, and this copy, Hon. Sir, to you. If you derive any satisfaction from the reading of it, I shall be amply rewarded

Yours, with respect,

Thomas W. Whittemore

MoSHi: Thomas Jefferson Collection (formerly Bixby).

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