Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Lewis D. Belair, 31 January 1819

To Lewis D. Belair

Monticello Jan. 31. 19.


I recieve with due sensibility the mark of attention which the benevolent institution, in whose name your letter of the 21st is written, has been pleased to manifest, by proposing me as an honorary member of their institution. aged, & distant as I am little benefit to the society can result from my services: but such as they may be will be at their command. of this Sir, be pleased to assure them, and of my thankfulness for the honor of having my name associated with theirs.

Accept yourself at the same time the tender of my great respect and esteem.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “M. Lewis D. Belair”; endorsed by TJ. Printed in Charter of the Jefferson Benevolent Institution of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, [1819]), which notes at head of text that it was “received the 5th of February, and recorded in the minutes of the 9th of February, 1819.”

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