Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Guest, 28 December 1804

Brunswick East Jersy 28 December 1804

Go Little Essay but go with Care

Nor Meet ill wind our Presidants Ear

He by the God of Man is taught

Gives his time to Studious thought

Who is Government here is nearly Divine

Which Shall to Futre Ages Shine

and Rival Woundrous Alfred thine


I took the Liberty in June 1801 To Send for your Inspection a Small Pamphlet that I thought Containd Assential hints on Several Subjects that might be made usefull in our Country—And your notice that it Came Duly to hand—For which Condesention Be pleased to Except my most Sincear thanks—Since Which I have not heard whither they were worthy your attention or not—


I have a number of matters to relate to you as a Philosopher that has past under My Agency—And Several that I apprehend would be usefull to our Country—But I well Know that you are pressed with your Duty in Governmental affairs—Beside I moste sensibly feel that Distance in the Sphere of Life that without your Leve to trouble you, Even with one Line, and give me Leve to assure that this is wrote with Reluctance—But Sir as I have passed My Eleventh Climatric, and Cannot Expect much Longer to Continue, on the mortal side of time, hope to have your pardon, for any obstruction in your time.

I am Sir all that the most Ingenuous Pen Can Say Yours

Henry Guest

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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