Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Vachel Worthington and George W. Anderson, 17 June 1819

To Vachel Worthington and George W. Anderson

Monticello June 17. 19.

Messrs Worthington & Anderson

I am very sensible of the testimony of respect rendered me by the Calliopean society, in naming me an honorary member of their institution. if distance has rendered my personal action with them impossible, I am endeavoring nevertheless to merit the association with which they have honored me, by employing the slender faculties which time and nature have spared me in fostering an institution which, like theirs, will be devoted to the promulgation of useful knolege, to the union of mankind in concord and brotherly love, and to the preservation, as the sheet anchor of our hope & happiness of the sacred form and principles of our state and federal constitutions. I hope the Universities of Transylvania & Virginia, will realise the consolatory belief that if man cannot attain to infinite perfection he may to that which is indefinite, and the term of which is yet far beyond the ken of his mortal eye. I salute your society sincerely and in it’s own spirit of brotherly affection & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); edges torn and damaged at creases, with missing text supplied from PoC; endorsed in an unidentified hand. PoC (CSmH: JF-BA); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas Cooper to TJ, 15 Apr. 1819; mutilated at seal, with three words rewritten by TJ; endorsed by TJ.

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