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Thomas Gimbrede to Thomas Jefferson, 6 March 1809

From Thomas Gimbrede

Union tavern George.—March the 6th 1809.

Mr Gimbrede has the honor to offer to Mr Jefferson a Little Sketch in Cameo, which if he should deem it worthy of his acceptance, he will please to receive it, as an evidence of my Esteem & high consideration, with an unfeigned wish that in your retirement—you may experience that tranquility & happiness that your usefulness in public Life has so Eminently entitled you to.

RC (DLC); dateline at foot of text; addressed “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 6 Mar. 1809 from Georgetown and so recorded in SJL.

Thomas Gimbrede (1781–1832), engraver and miniature painter, immigrated to the United States from France in 1802. He was appointed instructor of drawing at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1819 and held the position until his death (Mantle Fielding and Glenn B. Opitz, Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers, 2d ed. [1986], 327; Washington National Intelligencer, 4 Jan. 1833).

The enclosed little sketch in cameo, Gimbrede’s engraving of Thos Jefferson the Pride of America (New York, 1809), is reproduced elsewhere in this volume.

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