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Enclosure: Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the Likeness of Christopher Columbus, [ca. 28 August 1814]

Enclosure

Notes on the Likeness of Christopher Columbus

Note by Th:J.

The 1st vol. of Debry was printed in 1590. & the 2d to which the preface is here given, was printed in 1595. it was between these two dates then that the copy [exemplar] of the portrait which had been taken by order of the king & Queen, and of which his son made the miniature here exhibited, was given by his friend who recieved it from the painter himself [i.e. the copyist.] and the copy must have been taken between 1492. and 1590. i.e. in the 16th century. it was probably then a different copy from that in possession of the D. of Berwick, supposed to have been taken in the 17th century, altho’ it might be from the same original.

MS (LNT: George H. and Katherine M. Davis Collection); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated; subjoined to preceding enclosure; brackets in original.

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