Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Brazer, 15 July 1819

University in Cambridge, (Mass) 15th July, 1819.


The perusal of a ms: letter from your hand to the venerable President Adams, on the Pronunciation of the Greek, has induced me to send an article upon the same subject, which was published in the last North Am: Review. If the liberty I take, require other apology, allow me to say, that I am anxious to testify unmingled respect, as a scholar, to a man, who in the course of a political life full of arduous and honorable duties, has left little in science or literature unapproached:—and that I can anticipate no better opportunity than the present, when I can add to professions, which might be otherwise considered empty, the accompanying Essay. which was the result of some labour. though it have little merit and less pretension.

It was suggested by a desire to do something to promote “ripe and good” scholarship in our common country,—and under the persuasion, that a better attention to sound learning than has as yet been given is one of the vital interests of the land we live in. Should you honour this letter with a reply, please to direct to the “author of the Review of Pickering on Greek pronunciation” and to the care of the Revd: President of the University in Cambridge, through whose hand any communication will reach me. Should you confer the great favour of visiting, may I hope for your opinion on the extent to which Classical learning should he carried in our Country, and the best means of promoting it.   But whethr I shall recieve your counsels or not, I shall not regret having availed myself of this opportunity of testifying to you—

the respect and veneration for your character which has been long furnished by, Sir, your most obedient and humble servent

The. author of the Review.

MH: Bixby Collection.

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