From Sir John Sinclair
Board of Agriculture Whitehall
21. June 1797.
I have much pleasure in acquainting you, that at the last meeting of the Board of Agriculture, you were admitted a Foreign Honorary Member of that Board, an honour to which your zeal for the improvement of agriculture so justly entitles you, and which I have no doubt will prove an additional inducement, to your assisting the Board in bringing that most valuable Art to its highest state of perfection. Any communication from you will always be received by the Board with every proper attention. With esteem, I have the honour to be Your faithful and Obedient Servant
RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Sinclair; at foot of text: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson. &c &c &c”; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Sep. 1797 and so recorded in SJL.
TJ received a resolution of the British board of agriculture dated 20 June 1797, thanking him for his promise to send the Board a “Specimen of the Agricultural Implements of America on an improved construction, which will be peculiarly acceptable” (printed form at DLC; with blanks filled by a clerk; signed by Sinclair; bearing seal; at foot of text in clerk’s hand: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson &c &c &c”). For TJ’s diploma from the British Board of Agriculture, see enclosure listed at Rufus King to TJ, 22 Aug. 1797.