Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Lee, 26 August 1825

Washington 26th August 1825

Dear Sir

I am unwilling that my enthusiasm in favour of your university should not be effectively known to you, I therefore take occasion, even at the risk of tasking your condescension & patience, to mention that in addition to Mr Wallace who is now at the university, the two Browns, Richard & Frederick, are removed from the college here, & are to be sent at my instance, from [. . .] to the University. I should be glad that on some of your paternal visits to the institution, you would take occasion to kindle, by a single salutation, that immortal love of knowledge, in their minds, which has rendered yours so useful & illustrious. I will at the same time & for the same purpose mention to you the name of young George W. Lewis—a student of my acquaintance who has recently left this college for the university, with very high academical credit. He is the great Grandson of Mrs Lewis, the sister of Genl Washington, and promises to sustain or rather to revive the honour of his race

with sincere admiration & perfect respect I am Dear Sir yr most ob sert

H. Lee

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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