Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah Greenleaf, 5 July 1819

To Jeremiah Greenleaf

Monticello July 5. 19.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Greenleaf and his thanks for the pamphlet on grammar which came to hand yesterday. the torpor of age and drudgery of letterwriting give him little time to read, and little power of profiting by the advances & improvements in every branch of science. he rejoices however to see them going on, for the benefit of future generations, who he doubts not will be as much beyond us in science, as we are beyond the generations which burnt witches and hung quakers. he salutes mr Greenleaf with respect.

PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused cover addressed in an unidentified hand to Nelson Barksdale; dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • books; on grammar search
  • English language; books on grammar of search
  • Grammar Simplified; or, an Ocular Analysis of the English Language (J. Greenleaf) search
  • Greenleaf, Jeremiah; Grammar Simplified; or, an Ocular Analysis of the English Language search
  • Greenleaf, Jeremiah; letter to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; reading habits of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; fatiguing or painful to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; promotion of arts and sciences search
  • Quakers; mentioned search