Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Micah Sterling, 19 June 1819

To Micah Sterling

Monticello June. 19. 19.

I recieve, Sir, with sentiments of just thankfulness the honor conferred on me by the Jefferson society for promoting agriculture and domestic manufactories. the objects of the institution are worthy of it’s enlightened members, and many of them, I hope, and trust will live to see the happy fruits which cannot fail to recompense their zeal and patriotism. the term1 is past in which I can be useful to new enterprizes, otherwise than by prayers that they may cover with blessings those who come after me, and more especially the societies which give them birth. to yours in particular I tender sentiments of the highest respect and consideration.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NWattJHi); at foot of text: “Mr Sterling.” PoC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); on verso of reused address cover of Louis Pio to TJ, [received 1 May 1819]; torn at seal; endorsed by TJ. Printed in Plough Boy 2 (1820): 10 and Cooperstown Freeman’s Journal, 19 June 1820.

1Plough Boy and Freeman’s Journal: “time.”

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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Honors and Memberships; Jefferson County Agricultural Society (New York), membership search
  • Jefferson County Agricultural Society (New York); TJ elected to search
  • Sterling, Micah; and Jefferson County Agricultural Society (New York) search
  • Sterling, Micah; letter to search