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Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, 8 April 1813

To Benjamin Rush

Monticello Apr. 8. 13.

Dear Sir

I should not so soon have troubled you with a reply to your friendly favor of Mar. 15. but for your saying that ‘if I wish to look into your work on the diseases of the mind you will send me a copy.’ I read with delight every thing which comes from your pen, and the subject of this work is peculiarly interesting. the book by Bishop Porteous which you were so kind as to inclose me, was safely recieved & disposed of, as you wished, to mrs Randolph’s children. they are all great readers, and when permitted by domestic exercises, recur eagerly to their books. again & ever affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Doctr Rush”; endorsed by TJ.

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  • A Summary of the Principal Evidences for the Truth and Divine Origin of the Christian Revelation (Porteus) search
  • books; on insanity search
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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; B. Rush’s writings search
  • Medical Inquiries and Observations, upon the Diseases of the Mind (B. Rush) search
  • Porteus, Beilby; A Summary of the Principal Evidences for the Truth and Divine Origin of the Christian Revelation search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); children of search
  • religion; works on search
  • Rush, Benjamin; letters to search
  • Rush, Benjamin; Medical Inquiries and Observations, upon the Diseases of the Mind search