Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Thornton, 22 July 1808

City of Washington 22nd: July 1808


The inclosed was written by the Chinese Mandarin in my presence, and the Translation I wrote as he delivered it me,—though not precisely in the same words, but as nearly as the Idiom would allow.—Your name he wrote himself, both in the Roman & Chinese Characters, with a Camel’s-hair pencil & Indian Ink.

I am Sir with the greatest respect & highest Consideration yr. &c

William Thornton


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