Thomas Jefferson Papers

William A. Burwell to Thomas Jefferson, 22 January 1817

From William A. Burwell

Washington January 22d 1817

My dr Sir

Colo Waller Taylor Senator from Indiana has requested me to enclose the papers of Mr Graham for your examination; Mr Graham he informs me is very respectable & attatches considerable importance to the discovery he thinks he has made, But such is the confidence he places in your opinion that it will be abandon’d upon a suggestion from you—I am aware that this will give you trouble, but to gratify a worthy, man, to arrest his labors if useless or stimulate them if useful will be sufficient motives to encounter it;

please remember me to the family and accept yourself my Sincere wishes for your happiness

W. A Burwell

RC (DLC); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Milton Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Feb. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.

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