Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Daniel Smith, 10 September 1800

To Daniel Smith

Monticello Sep. 10. 1800.

Dear Sir

Your favor of July 6. came safely to hand, & I thank you for the Chickasaw vocabulary it contained. it will aid me considerably in filling up a defective one I had recieved before. I have been long anxious to have as many of the Indian languages preserved as could be, because a comparison of them among themselves as well as with those of the red men in Asia, may lead to conjectures as to their history.

Your friends Colo. Lewis & mrs Lewis are well. you have probably heard of the death of mrs Gilmer. that family are in a very fair way to establish their title to the lands on Smith’s river or Leatherwood. your old friend mr Davies too & his family were well at our last court. he continues able to come to court. the public papers giving you all the public news I know, I have thought these small details from a neighborhood where you have lived & are remembered with esteem would be more agreeable to you. I am with great esteem Dear Sir

Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (Karl & Faber, Munich, Germany, 1951); addressed: “General Daniel Smith Knoxville Tenissee”; franked.

Defective one I had recieved before: possibly from Benjamin Hawkins in the 1780s; see Vol. 6:427; Vol. 9:640.

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