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Thomas Jefferson to Henry Dearborn, 17 May 1814

To Henry Dearborn

Monticello May 17. 14.

My dear friend and General

I present to you mr Rives, the bearer of this, an eleve of mine in law and politics. he is able, learned, honest, & orthodox in his principles. being just about to enter on the stage of public life he wishes first to see something more of our country at large. he will be one of the distinguished men of our state, & of the United States. in taking him by the hand while in Boston you will render service to distinguished1 merit, plant the seeds of gratitude in a grateful soil, and lay under particular obligations

Your’s sincerely & affectionately

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: William C. Rives Papers); addressed: “His Excellency Major General Dearborne Boston by mr Rives.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

The bearer, William C. Rives, was TJ’s student, or eleve (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

1Word interlined.

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