To William Dickson
Monticello Apr. 20. 10.
Your favor of Feb. 20. came safely to hand together with the miniature of Governor Lewis & watch string. I immediately sent them to his mother, not doubting that the person who of all others possessed the greatest portion of his affection was the one for whom his wishes would have destined it. the deplorable accident which has placed her in the deepest affliction, is a great loss to the world also; as no pen can ever give us so faithful & lively an account of the countries & nations which he saw, as his own would have done, under the guidance of impressions made by the objects themselves. Accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.
PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Doctr Wm Dickson”; endorsed by TJ.