Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Greenleaf, 14 August 1791

From Thomas Greenleaf

New York, 14 Aug. 1791. Encloses a copy of “Blessings of America” of which the notice of copyright had been inserted in the enclosed “paper four separate Weeks.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); 2 p.; endorsed by Remsen as received 22 Aug. 1791 but not recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) William Linn’s Fourth of July sermon, The Blessings of America (see note to Linn to TJ, 18 July 1791). (2) Copy of Greenleaf’s New-York Journal in which Linn’s sermon was advertised.

Linn himself sent TJ a “volume” some weeks later to be copyrighted, which may have been The Blessings of America (Linn to TJ, 7 Oct. 1791; RC in DNA: RG 59, MLR; endorsed by TJ as received 10 Nov. 1791 and so recorded in SJL). Linn was incorrectly identified in Vol. 20: 706 as a one-time law student of Alexander Hamilton. Actually, he graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1772 and became a Presbyterian clergyman and schoolmaster, later changing to the Dutch Reformed Church and serving the Collegiate Church in New York City until 1805 (R. A. Harrison, Princetonians: A Biographical Dictionary, 1769–75 [Princeton, 1980], p. 231–5). As indicated in Vol. 20, he was the clergyman who later opposed Jefferson’s election to the presidency on religious grounds.

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