Monticello . . 25.
Mr Benson safely delivered the little vol. of poems you were so kind as to to him for me. the spirit of pure patriotism which the Potomac muse breathes is worthy of high approbn. great justice is done to the many worthies of our country and more than justice to one at least whose pretensions go not beyond that zeal for the rights of man which was so eminently displayed by our f. c. generally. the poets praise is it rewards for what he has done well and . with my thanks to the kind author for sentiments so fav‘ble and flattering be pleasd to accept assurances of my great respect and esteem.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.