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Thomas Jefferson to William Barraclough, 13 May 1820

To William Barraclough

Monticello May 13. 20.

I have recieved, Sir, the little book of poems you have been so kind as to send me, and thank you for it as a mark of respect: but at the age of 77. our passion for poetry is gone, and the imagination become too torpid to taste it’s beauties, or to criticise it’s merits. I have no doubt that younger readers will do justice to yours; and, with my wishes that your poems may find abundance of them, I tender the assurance of my respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Robert Patterson to TJ, 13 Jan. 1820; at foot of text: “Mr Barraclough”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 14 May 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

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