Monticello May 17. 24.
I am very thankful for your kind recollections on the approach of the Anniversary of the great father of Natural history. it would certainly be a great to be present and to participate with his worthy disciples of the Society of N. York. at their celebration of his birth. as that prospect recedes from my view, another advances with steady and not distant steps, that of meeting the great Naturalist himself and of assuring him in person of the veneration and affection with which his memory is cultivated here. in the mean time I must be contented with you my cordial concurrence in these sentiments and to add those of my great respect and consideration for the society and for yourselves.
MoSHi: Thomas Jefferson Collection (formerly Bixby).