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My Father desires me to thank you for your letter of the 10 Ins t : & for the friendly sentiments it expresses. He regrets that it is not in his power to assure you in his own hand writing that those sentiments are sincerely reciprocated. In the Spring of last year a slight injury rec d . in his ^right^ hand was succeeded by violent inflammation & gangrene— The Ulcer was healed after the lapse...
I have received, my dear friend, with great pleasure your letter of the 1st. instant, so full of kind feelings; and with it, a copy of the Agricultural Memoirs for which I return my thanks. I have not lost my relish for the subject of them, but do not retain the activity that could spare from other claims on my time, the portion required for that. Tho’ not counting quite as many years as you...
I had the pleasure of recieving, on Saturday last, your Letter of the 21 st . of Feby— It gratified me to learn from it, that you was in excellent Health—and I hope that a kind Providence will continue to promote your Prosperity.— The Communications which had occurred between you and the Committee of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, were interesting. In a Letter from them of the 10 th ....
I return my thanks for the copy of the Agricultural Almanack, obligingly sent me. You do not fail, I see, to dispense thro’ that medium, rays of instruction on a favorite subject. I hope your good constitution, good health, & good habits, may have their full effect, in keeping you above the Horizon, for that and other enlightening services. I should have acknowledged your favor some what...
I return my thanks for the agricultural Almanack for the coming year, the value of which is not a little enhanced by your instructive contributions. You take a refuting notice of the opinion that the grains of wheat are the ridus [ sic ] of the Hessian fly. This error commenced the appearance of the insect among us, and threatened to injure the foreign market for that great staple. The danger...
I have recd. the copy of your Agricultural Address in Jany. last, which I have read with much pleasure, and as always, not without finding instructive ideas. You have done very right in taking occasion to record the fact which shews that your Society is the Mother of the American family, and to present a fair view of its public services; with respect to which you might say, tho’ you will not...
If you have brought upon yourself the garrulity of old age you must blame yourself for it. Theophrastus at 90, as some say, and at a 115, as others, in his last moments is recorded to have said; it was hard to go out of the World when he had just learned to live in it. I am so far from his temper and his philosophy that I think myself so well drilled and disciplined a Soldier as to be willing...
I have recd. the copy of Mr. Biddle’s address so obligingly forwarded by you. I knew before that Mr. B. was a fine writer; but I did not know that he was so accomplished a farmer. His address shews that he is both. I have read it not only with pleasure but with instruction: and I return you my thanks for the opportunity of doing so. Accept in addition to them my cordial regards and my best...
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to his friend Judge Peters for mr Biddle’s instructive and well written Agricultural Address. it came to hand exactly as he was amusing himself with reading the agriculture of the Greeks in their Geoponics. mr Biddle has justly noticed their mass of excellent sense and admirable practice, disfigured by a fantastical mixture of superstician and empiricism, such...
My Letter to you of the 26 th . of Dec r . last, contained some Remarks relative to the Perversions and Obliquities which you had noticed, and which I observed were neither recent nor unexpected. In that Letter there was not Room for explanatory Details. Those Remarks were therefore concise and general. To supply that Deficiency is the Design of this Letter. Those Perversions and Obliquities...