Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Andrew Wills, 11 March 1822

Fredericksburg 11th March 1822


Having been engaged, for some time, in the study of Scientific Grammar, I have experienced considerable obstruction from my unacquaintance with the Saxon language.—

Judging that you have a knowledge of that tongue,—by recommending it, as a branch of study in the Virginia University; & knowing no other source, whence I could receive information on this subject, I have taken the liberty of soliciting your advice, in regard to the course to be pursued in the attainment of the language, & the books necessary to effect that object.—

The only apology, which I have to offer, for this obtrusion,—arises from that zeal, which you have always manifested for the advancement of Science, and your constant disposition to encourage and assist it’s humblest cultivatory—

I am, Sir, With sentiments of deep respect, your most obedt servt

Aw Wills

MoSHi: Thomas Jefferson Collection (formerly Bixby).

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