Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Elijah Mead, 12 June 1823

New York June 12th 1823—

Hon. Sir,

Knowing how eminently you regard and appreciate American worth and talent, it is therefore, with much diffidence that I intrude upon your notice the feeble effort of a young man; but having the honour of being a Member of the Lennaean Society of Paris, of which you are the most conspicuous American Member, I have taken the liberty of enclosing a paper containing my address on the 24th Ult. at the Linnaean Celebration.—And I hope it may be deemed as a laudable ambition that glows in my bosom, when I venture to Subscribe myself

Your’s, With sentiments of the highest respect and Esteem,

Elijah Mead


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