Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Pickering, 4 February 1823

Salem, Massachusetts, Feb. 4. 1823.


Knowing the interest you take in the inquiries which are now going on respecting the Indian Languages, I beg leave to offer you a copy of the new edition of Dr Edwards’ Observations on the Mohegan Language, which is just published by our Historical Society, and constitutes a part of the present volume of their “Collections.”

With the hope of stimulating our students of Indian, I have added a few Notes to this edition, and also a Comparative Vocabulary of various dialects. The words are given just as I found them in the various authors; which I mention lest I should be thought answerable for blunders which are none of my own. In all our Indian vocabularies there is a shocking want of accuracy and system, as you well know.

I have the honour to be Sir, Your most obedient & h’ble servt

Jno Pickering

ViW: Jefferson Papers, Tucker-Coleman Collection.

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