Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Robert Mayo, 5 April 1821

To Robert Mayo

Monticello Apr. 5. 21.


Your favor of Mar. 28. has been recieved with the Primer and Spelling book for which I thank you. I have had so little to do with the instruction of children that I am a very incompetent judge1 of the best processes with them. however the applications to me to give my opinion of books and to recommend them have been so numerous as to oblige me to decline doing it in any case. with my regrets therefore that I cannot do it in this case accept the assurance of my respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of right half of reused address cover of Joel Yancey to TJ, 22 Dec. 1820; at foot of text: “Dr Robert Mayo”; endorsed by TJ. Not recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “judges.”

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