Thomas Jefferson Papers

Peter S. Du Ponceau to Thomas Jefferson, 13 July 1820

From Peter S. Du Ponceau

13th July 1820

Mr Du Ponceau has the honor of enclosing to Mr Jefferson, a Short Comparative Vocabulary of the Nottoway & Iroquois idioms. Few words will be found in which the Analogy is not Striking. It may be carried farther, but he believes this will be Sufficient to Shew the affinity which exists between those languages. Mr D. regrets that his Stock of Tuscarora words is very Scanty, as these generally helped him, when the other idioms failed.

He begs Mr Jefferson will accept the assurance of his high Veneration & respect

RC (DLC); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 21 July 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

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