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Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Berrian, 23 July 1815

To Samuel Berrian

Monticello July 23. 15.

I thank you, Sir, for the eloquent oration you have been so kind as to send me. it is always matter of comfort to observe the heirs of that independance which has signalised in history the age of their fathers, recalling it to memory, and hallowing it’s principles. their own deeds by sea and land are worthy sequels of it, and earnests that they will faithfully maintain it: and we do but justice in offering our prayers to heaven for the maintenance of independance to the friendly nation which aided us in the establishment of our own, and the support of their choice of a ruler, whatever we may have thought of his former enterprises on the peace and freedom of the world. Accept the assurances of my esteem and respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Samuel Berrian esq. New York.”

Samuel Berrian (d. 1819), attorney, operated a circulating library in New York City, 1803–08. He received an A.B. degree from Columbia College (later University) in 1809. In 1812 Berrian was admitted to practice law in the New York State Supreme Court. He was a member of New York City’s Tammany Society or Columbian Order and the Hibernian Provident Society (Berrian, A Catalogue, of Samuel Berrian’s Increasing and Circulating Library, No. [20] Chatham-Street [New York, 1803; bracketed number inserted by hand]; Longworth’s New York Directory [1804]: 84; [1808]: 76; Milton Halsey Thomas, Columbia University Officers and Alumni 1754–1857 [1936], 125; New York Public Advertiser, 3 July 1811; New York Mercantile Advertiser, 2 Nov. 1812; New York National Advocate, 4 July 1815, 4 Apr. 1817; New-York Evening Post, 13 Nov. 1819).

The oration that Berrian sent TJ, one of at least three such efforts that he published, was An Oration, delivered before the Tammany Society, or Columbian Order, Hibernian Provident, Columbian, and Shipwright’s Societies, in the City of New-York, on the Fourth Day of July, 1815 (New York, 1815; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 13 [no. 826]; TJ’s copy at ViU). France was the friendly nation and Napoleon the ruler.

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  • An Oration, delivered before the Tammany Society, or Columbian Order … 1815 (S. Berrian) search
  • Berrian, Samuel; An Oration, delivered before the Tammany Society, or Columbian Order search
  • Berrian, Samuel; identified search
  • Berrian, Samuel; letter to search
  • books; of speeches search
  • Fourth of July; orations search
  • France; TJ on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Fourth of July orations search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; France search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Napoleon search
  • Napoleon I, emperor of France; TJ on search