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To Thomas Jefferson from Jedidiah Morse, 25 June 1793

From Jedidiah Morse

Charlestown, 25 June 1793. In conformity to the copyright law, he encloses for deposit in the office of the Secretary of State a copy of The American Universal Geography, of which he is author and proprietor.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); 1 p.; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr. Secretary of State Philadelphia”; endorsed by George Taylor, Jr., as received 1 July 1793.

Jedidiah Morse (1761–1826), a Yale graduate who served as Congregational minister at Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1789–1819, was a staunch conservative in religion and politics and a prolific author whose popular works on geography were the first on that subject published in America. TJ acquired a later edition of the enclosed work, which first appeared in 1789 as The American Geography (DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 3963).

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