Monticello Aug. 12. 22. 1825
I am very thankful gentlemen for the honor done me by the society of which you are in electing me one of it’s honorary members. I could decline no conferred by them, nor service I could render them, but reasons of still higher importance to themselves. on the relation which the law of the Univty and of it’s visitors have placed me as to every member of the instn I believe it is my duty to make no change in those relations by addnal & different ties with different of it’s members. the duties require that I should stand in an equal position as to every , not only that I may preserve the inestimable consciousness of impartiality to all, but the equally inestimable exemption all suspicion of partialities. your kind expressions towds myself ensure to me I hope an equally kind acceptance of the reasons on which I act, and I can add with truth on behalf of my colleagues of the visitn that the highest reward they can recieve for their joint exertions on behalf of this instn, is the anticipated hope and belief that they are rearing up in science and in virtue those on whom the hopes of their country rest for it’s future govmt and prosperity. for my self I pray you to accept assurances of my sincere affections & best wishes
MoSHi: Thomas Jefferson Collection (formerly Bixby).