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Thomas Jefferson to William W. Hening, 1 October 1809

To William W. Hening

Monticello Oct. 1. 09.


In answer to the request expressed in your’s of Sep. 4. (which came to hand only this morning) that I would transcribe a line or two of the first act in my copy of the laws of 1660. I have to observe that the only copy of those laws I possessed was one made by myself from that in the office of the general assembly, and that it was among those I sent you & described under No 4. in the list I sent you. if you turn to this you may rely on it’s correctness. I salute you with esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Hening”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ’s copy of the laws of 1660 (Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 1826) was on his 8 June 1808 list of manuscripts of laws sent to Hening (DLC).

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