Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles Willson Peale, 26 August 1820

To Charles Willson Peale

Monticello Aug. 26. 20.

Dear Sir

I ought sooner to have thanked you for your sketch of the Court of death, which we have all contemplated with great approbation of the composition and design. it presents to the eye more morality than many written volumes, and with impressions much more durable and indelible. I have been sensible that the scriptural paintings in the Catholic churches produce deeper impressions on the people generally than they recieve from reading the books themselves. with much more good to others,1 I hope mr Rembrandt Peale will recieve for himself not only the future fame he is destined to acquire, but immediate and just compensation and comfort for the present: for I sincerely wish prosperity and happiness to you and all yours.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “C. W. Peale esq.”; endorsed by TJ. Printed in New York National Advocate, 19 Dec. 1820, and elsewhere.

1Preceding clause attached to previous sentence in National Advocate.

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