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Thomas Jefferson, Richard Peters and WSS to John Adams, 21 Mar. 1786

½ past 2—Dolly’s—

One among our many follies

Was calling in for Steaks at Dolly’s

Whereby we’ve lost—& feel like Sinners

That we have miss’d much better dinners

Nor do we think that us ‘tis hard on

Most humbly thus to beg your pardon

And promise that another time

We’ll give our reason not our rhime

So we’ve agreed—our Nem: Con: vote is

That we thus <early> [jointly] give you notice

For as our rule is to be clever

We hold it better late than never

Th. Jefferson

Wm: Stephens Smith

Richard Peters

Facsimile and commentary in Mag. Amer. Hist. with Notes and Queries, 3 (1879): 44-45.

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