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From Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, 23 April 1803

To Benjamin Rush

Washington Apr. 23. 1803.

Dear Sir

Your friendly letter of Mar. 12. was recieved in due time and with a due sense of it’s value. I shall with confidence avail myself of it’s general prescription, and of the special should the state of my health alter for the worse. at present it wears a promising aspect.

At length I send you a letter, long due, and even now but a sketch of what I wished to make it. but your candour will find my just excuse in the indispensable occupations of my public duties. I communicate a copy of the Syllabus to Dr. Priestley in the hope he will extend his work of Socrates & Jesus compared. he views a part of the subject differently from myself: but in the main object of my syllabus we go perfectly together. Accept my affectionate salutations & assurances of great respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Doctr. Benjamin Rush.” PrC (DLC); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure: TJ to Rush, 21 Apr., and enclosure.

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