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I have delayed until now the acknowledgement of your favour of June 7 th inclosing the ‘ traité du droit naturel ’ par Mr. Quesnay , from Mr. DuPont ; under the expectation that you would not return from Bedford ’till about this time. I can but feel myself flattered by your very polite invitation to meet our ‘ admirable friend the Abbé,’ as Mr. DuPont , calls him, at Monticello
I owe many apologies both to you and to Mr Dupont for having delayed until now the translation of the treatise of Mr. Quesnay . I have however almost ever since I received it, been engaged in the courts: having recently commenced the practice of the profession, I have found the forms of judicial proceedings require much of my attention, I have too, to make my way thro’ a thick rank of counsel...
During the sickness which has confined me to my room a great part of the winter, and from which I am still but slowly convalescent, I have occasionally turned my mind to the Florida question which the late demand of the Chevalier Onis has revived. When in Philadelphia last winter, I obtained from his secretary Mr. Heredia , the whole strength of their cause, which I found so weak, that I...
I wrote to you from Richmond , soliciting a compliance with the promise which you were so kind as to make of a letter to D r Wistar . The apprehension that my letter may not have reache d you, and the desire of making my visit to Philadelphia as pleasing, and as instructive as possible induce me to renew my applicatio n To which permit me to add, that nothing will give me more pleasure, than...
My inclination to visit Philadelphia with Mr Correa which has been strengthened by every days acquaintance with h im has finally determined me to do so; and I must beg of you the favor which you were so kind as to promise, in giving me a letter to Doctr. Wistar . I am sensible, of the obligation which such a recommendation as yours will imp ose upon me of deserving it, & will promise my...
… For first of our state and second only to Washington of our nation is a venerable Patriot & statesman, whose evening ray still gilds the summit of our mountains. His greatness has not the dazzling luster of military glory and we must pause & consider it with calmness & attention. In his person he is above the ordinary height, with large bones & prominent muscles. His face bears an expression...