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From Thomas Jefferson to Uzal Ogden, 12 February 1800

To Uzal Ogden

Philadelphia Feb. 12. 1800.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to the reverend mr Ogden and thanks him for his pamphlet which he has read with great satisfaction. the example which has been set by the great man who was the subject of it, will be of immense value to mankind if the Buonapartes of this world, & those whose object is fame & glory, will but contemplate & truly calculate the difference between that of a Washington & of a Cromwell.

PrC (DLC).

Uzal Ogden (1744?-1822), son of a Newark, New Jersey, iron manufacturer of the same name, studied theology privately with an Episcopalian clergyman in Elizabethtown and was ordained in London in 1773. He returned to America as a missionary for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, serving in several New Jersey counties in 1774. After the Revolution Ogden led the effort to reorganize Anglican parishes into the Protestant Episcopal church. In 1788 he became rector of Trinity Church in Newark. Ten years later the New Jersey convention elected Ogden to serve as the first bishop of New Jersey, but the General Convention refused to confirm his appointment, primarily because they disapproved of his revivalist sympathies. Opposition within his own congregation led to his dismissal from Trinity in 1805. Shortly thereafter he entered the Presbyterian church, becoming a member of the Presbytery of New York (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, New York and Oxford, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ).

His pamphlet: Two Discourses, Occasioned by the Death of General George Washington, at Mount-Vernon, December 14, 1799 (Newark, N.J., 1800), a eulogy delivered by Ogden on 29 Dec. 1799 and 5 Jan. 1800 (see Evans, description begins Charles Evans, Clifford K. Shipton, and Roger P. Bristol, comps., American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of all Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America from …1639 …to …1820, Chicago and Worcester, Mass., 1903–59,14 vols. description ends No. 38154).

A letter from Ogden to TJ of 11 Feb., recorded in SJL as received the next day, has not been found.

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