Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Bentley, 16 March 1814

To William Bentley

Monticello Mar. 16. 14.


I thank you for the sermon on the death of Genl Fiske, which I have read with pleasure. he appears to have been truly a model of merit. and the more deserving of praise inasmuch as his good works being performed in the still walks of private life, were not to be blazoned on the great theater of the world. what a contrast does a character of so much benevolence hold up to view with that of the Attilas and Bonapartes, the flagella dei, sent to scourge kings & nations for their crimes & follies!

Accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNGL, on deposit NHi); at foot of text: “the revd mr Bentley.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

flagella dei: “scourges of God” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

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