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Benjamin Rush to Thomas Jefferson, 11 February 1812

From Benjamin Rush

Philadelphia Feb: 11th 1812

Dear Sir

Few1 of the Acts of my life have given me more pleasure than the one you are pleased to acknowledge in your last letter.

I wish in your reply to Mr Adams’s letter you had given him the echo of his Communications to you respecting his daughter Mrs Smith and her husband. The former has been saved from certain death by a painful operation, and the honor & interest of the latter lie near his heart. I wish he could be provided for in the new Army. He possesses with a fine martial Appearance, military talents and knowledge. I well recollect upon his return to America After visiting the Continent of Europe, being much struck with his details of the improvements in the Art of War with which he had taken pains to make himself acquainted during A residence of some weeks at Berlin.

It will give me pleasure to hear of a frequent exchange of letters between you and Mr Adams. I associate the idea of your early friendship for each other, founded upon a Sympathy of just opinions and feelings, with every retrospect I take of the great political2 moral & intellectual Atchievements of the Congresses of 1775 and 1776.

Health, respect and friendship! from Dear Sir yours truly, and Affectionately

Benjn Rush

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Feb. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ and Adams were both members of the Continental Congress in 1775, and Rush joined them in 1776 (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, 1989 description ends ).

1Rush here canceled “eforts.”

2Word interlined.

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  • Adams, John; resumes correspondence with TJ search
  • Continental Congress, U.S.; and Adams-TJ friendship search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with J. Adams search
  • Rush, Benjamin; and resumption of correspondence between TJ and J. Adams search
  • Rush, Benjamin; letters from search
  • Smith, Abigail Adams (John Adams’s daughter; William Stephens Smith’s wife); health of search
  • Smith, William Stephens; military talents of search