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If you will excuse my breaking in again upon your philosophical retirement, I think I may venture to promise that it shall be the last time. I little thought, when I wrote to you last , that I should have so soon to lament the loss of my revered friend & brother D r Rush ! By his death I feel as if one strand of the thread of my life was cut. It is a heavy, very heavy stroke to his old friend...
Your letter of the 9 th ins t opened to my mind such a train of interesting ideas, that I could not resist writing you this, & enclosing you one of our Boston newspapers, containing a peice under the signature of an “ Independent Whig .” It will tend to confirm your opinion of our pretended fautores of science. More than a dozen numbers have preceeded this, some of them calculated to expose...
we learn that in Europe , however obscure an author may be, he freely addresses the highest literary adepts; and altho’ he may not possess any previous knowledge of the gentlemen, he runs no risk of incurring the imputation of obtruding.—That an indulgence so cheerfully granted in Europe , could meet in our Country with the slightest damp, is what my pen would blush to intimate. Various...
I am in want of about 3 pounds of white Lead which is not to be had in this place at present, y if you have it & Can spare that quantity I will be very much Obliged to you & will either pay you for it or return it as you may wish, I am Sir RC ( MHi ); edge trimmed; addressed (one word illegible): “Thomas Jefferson esqr Monticello ⅌ M r Buney ”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 May 1813 and so...
After a long interval I have great pleasure in writing to you on the present occasion. The Bearer, Correa da Serra , has a wish to See you, & all your friends here are desirous that he Should do So. He leaves this to morrow, for that purpose, & I am now to State to you my Reasons for wishing him to make the visit. He is a Gentleman of excellent understanding, greatly improved by education—He...
It would have been a great satisfaction to me to have had the pleasure of rendering you a visit at a more early period than the present. As I contemplate a resignation of the station I have held in the Western country , and settling in New-york , I propose to myself the happiness of seeing you previous to my return to the latter place. At this time, and in this place, I may consider the...
With diffidence I have undertaken the task to establish and conduct a new press in this city, under the title of Standard of Union. A copy of its prospectus is inclosed for your perusal. Not venturing to make any promise in regard to the talent of the paper, I shall only answer for the integrity of its principles, and its unshaken devotion to that great cause, which from my youth upwards, I...
518Editorial Note (Jefferson Papers)
Thomas Jefferson had long advocated sending an American-sponsored expedition to explore the region between the Missouri River and the Pacific Ocean . Although frustrated by the inability of George Rogers Clark in 1783–84, John Ledyard in 1788, and André Michaux in 1793 to fulfill this mission, Jefferson finally saw his dream become a reality with the dispatch in 1804 and safe return two years...
I cannot appease my melancholly commiseration for our Armies in this furious Snow Storm, in any way So well as by Studying your Letter of Oct. 28. We are now explicitly agreed, in one important point, viz t That “there is a natural Aristocracy among men; the grou n ds of which are Virtue and Talents.” you very justly indulge a little merriment upon this Solemn Subject of Aristocracy. I often...