Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Jackson, 1 March 1800

To William Jackson

Mar. 1. 1800.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Majr. Jackson and his thanks for the pamphlet inclosed yesterday. he had heard it delivered with great satisfaction, and shall with equal pleasure go again over it’s contents. to much of it’s truths he has himself been a witness, and it is a gratifying exercise to his mind, to recognize them as retraced by so good a pencil.

RC (CtY: William Jackson Papers); addressed: “Majr. Jackson”; endorsed. Not recorded in SJL.

The pamphlet was Jackson’s Eulogium, On the Character of General Washington, Late President of the United States; Pronounced at the request of the Pennsyvlania Society of the Cincinnati, before the President of the United States, and the Members of Both Houses of Congress; On the Twenty-Second Day of February, Eighteen Hundred, in the German Reformed Church, Philadelphia (Philadelphia, 1800). If a letter accompanied the pamphlet, TJ did not record it in SJL. Jackson, who at the time was U.S. surveyor and inspector of the revenue at Philadelphia, had become secretary general of the Society of the Cincinnati in 1799 (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, New York and Oxford, 1999, 24 vols. description ends , 11:779).

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