Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Maria Hadfield Cosway, 18 June 1823

Milan 18th June 1823

Dear Sir

As I have found a favorable oportunity of Conveing a letter, I am happy to profit of it, to thank you for Good & friendly letter which I received at Lodi. I congratulate you in the undertaking you Announceme of the fine building which occupies your taste & knowledge, & gratifies your heart, the work is worthy of you, you be worthy of such enjoyment Nothing, I think, is more usefull to Mankind than a good Education. I may say have been very fortunate to give a Spring to it in this Country & See those Children I have had the care of turn out good Wives, excellent Mothers, et bonnes femmes d Manage, which was not understood in those Countries, and which is the principle object of Society and the only usefull. I wish I could come & learn from you; was in the furthest part of Europe Nothing would prevent me. but that immense Sea, Makes it a great distance. I hope however to hear from you as often as you can favor me.—

I am glad you approve my choice of Lodi, it is a quite lovely place, & far from the bugel of the world which is become trublesome.—what a change since you was here! I saw Mad. De Cosway when at Paris, she is theSame only a little older, but well, we taulk’d of you.—I know well all the family Del Verenzo & her two Children in my establishment, one is just going to be married to one of the first Nobleman here.—

I take the liberty to send another letter to my Brother, I glad to hear he goes on well, & know he does not find himself forward, this is a family fault I recomend him to you in what you Can be of use to him. Since diffidence is his only fault.

I beg to be rememberd to Mr: Trumbull.

Believe me, my good friend, Your most afft, obliged

Maria Cosway

My kindest remembranse to your Daughter


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