Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Lewis de Belair, 24 August 1822

Philada August 24th 1822

Respected Sir

Permit me through your Goodness to Inclose the Within Small Package for your Friend Captain Philip Slaughter of Culpepper County Virginia, It is a Small Book “the Imitation of Christ [. . .] a Kempuis Which Mrs Slaughter Expressed a Desire to have, all tho Scarce In English I have Procured it, and now Take the Liberty to Present it to her as a mark of my Great Esteem and Friendship,

It is more than three months Since I have had it and for the Want of a Safe Conveyance It has been Detained In my hands, I Therefore take This Liberty and Desire your Indulgence?

Permit me at the Same time to Tender you the assurance of my Great Respect, and of the pleasure I should have to be Informed of the State of your health, and of the Progressed State of your University “That most Splendid Edifice!, I had the Honor to Call at your mansion, In march Last, but unfortunately you was not at home, I was on my Return from the French Settlement in Alabama

I am Sir With Respect your Humble Servt
Lewis D Belair
Foreign Bookseller


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