Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Mason Locke Weems, 14 October 1821

Dumfries Octob. 14. —21.

Very Honord Sir—

I have a favor to ask of you—

The great success I have had in my Amn Biographies has tempted me to add another great man to the list, i.e. Wm Penn. I have been told that a piece of the Maple, immortalizd by his treaty with the Delaware Indians, converted into a Cup was sent to you—with some appropriate lines. Have you any objection to do my Book the honor to give those lines a place in it? If you have not, please get one of your family to transcribe them in a letter to me, at Philadelphia to care of Mathew Carey & Sons. Yours, with a good will that shall last long as the Sun and moon give light.

M. L. Weems

I set out for Philada tomorrow, & may be there 10 or 12 days.

The widow of yr old Schoolmate and early friend Colo Jesse Ewell has the fever of the season.


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