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To Thomas Jefferson from Maria Cosway, 23 June 1788

From Maria Cosway

London 23 June

I will write two words, to show you I can write if I please but as I dont please I shall say no More, as I wait to hear from you. If my silence is of consequence, you will easily be sensible that yours is Very much so with me, but [I] must have patience, oh I break my first intention.

So addio M. Cosway

Should I have wrote so much if Mr. Trumbull had not Come to ask me to send a letter by a person who is going to see you? Ask yourself if you deserve it? Or if it is not only a spontanous inclination, or irrestibility to this temptation, tho’ you neglect me, I force myself to your recolection.

RC (ViU); endorsed: “Cosway Maria.”

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