Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Fry, 2 December 1823

Monto Dec. 2.

You have sent me, Dear Sir, a noble animal, legitimated by superior force as Monarch of the Forest, and he has incurred the death which his brother legitimates have so much more merited. like them , in death, he becomes food for a nobler race, he for man, they for the worms that will revel on them. but he dies innocent, and with death all his fears & pains are at an end, they die loaded with maledictions and liable to a sentence & sufferings which we will leave to the justice of heaven to award.

In plain English, we shall feast heartily on him, and thank you heartily as the giver of the feast, with assurances of friendly esteem & respect.


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