Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Bentley to Thomas Jefferson, 16 February 1814

From William Bentley

Salem Mass USA. 16 Feb. 1814.


I saw your name, giving approbation to a Naval History, I have therefore taken the liberty to send you a Sermon delivered upon the death of a Naval Officer, mentioned in it. It has been printed nearly twenty years & not an article has been questioned. The Sermon may then be thought a testimony from the pulpit to the worth of our first Naval Heroes of the Revolution.

with every sentiment of personal respect, & with a share of the National gratitude for your unrivalled services, your devoted Servant,

William Bentley.

The G. G. Father John, was the Worthy of Mather’s Magnalia, who began the settlement at the confluence of the Concord & Merrimac rivers.

His G. Father Moses was in the settlements, where President Adams’ Seat, now is, then Braintree.

His Father, was the third Minister in succession, & lived & died in Salem.

RC (DLC); adjacent to closing: “Hon Thomas Jefferson: former President of USA. Monticello. Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 Mar. 1814 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Bentley, A Funeral Discourse, delivered in the East Meeting-House, Salem, on the Sunday after the Death of Major General John Fiske (Salem, 1797).

John Fiske was the second naval officer commissioned in the Massachusetts navy and participated in the capture of dozens of British vessels between 1776 and 1777 (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ). Chelmsford (later Lowell), Massachusetts, is at the confluence of the Concord and Merrimack rivers.

Index Entries

  • A Funeral Discourse[for]John Fiske (W. Bentley) search
  • Bentley, William (of Massachusetts); A Funeral Discourse[for]John Fiske search
  • Bentley, William (of Massachusetts); letters from search
  • Fiske, John (1744–97); as Revolutionary War naval officer search
  • Fiske, John (1744–97); family of search
  • Fiske, John (ca.1601–77) search
  • Fiske, Moses search
  • Fiske, Samuel search
  • history; naval search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Magnalia Christi Americana: or, the Ecclesiastical History of New-England (C. Mather) search
  • Mather, Cotton; Magnalia Christi Americana: or, the Ecclesiastical History of New-England search
  • sermons; sent to TJ search