Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Jesse C. Young, 24 December 1821

To Jesse C. Young

Monticello Dec. 24. 21.


I have to thank you for the copy of the abridgment of Murray’s grammar which you have been so kind as to send me; but I must excuse myself from the Review & judgment on it which you request. I do not feel myself either qualified or authorised to decide for the public the books worthy of their reading nor willing to encounter conflicts with Critics who might question my opinions. it would withdraw me too from necessary occupations and the subjects of my choice to the [e]xamination of books I have no wish to read, and of subjects requiring more research than I could conveniently bestow. with my apologies therefore for declining this request I pray you to accept the assurance of my regard and best wishes for the success of your undertakings.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; one word faint; at foot of text: “Mr Jesse C. Young”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • books; on grammar search
  • English language; books on grammar of search
  • Fisk, Allen; editsMurray’s English Grammar Simplified (L. Murray) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; reviewing publications search
  • Murray, Lindley; Murray’s English Grammar Simplified (ed. A. Fisk) search
  • Murray’s English Grammar Simplified (L. Murray; ed. A. Fisk) search
  • Young, Jesse Comstock; letter to search
  • Young, Jesse Comstock; sends work to TJ search