Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John H. Hall, 30 January 1806

Burlington, New Jersey, January 30th 1806

Honoured Sir,

The grounds on which I presume to address you with the enclosed Proposal; arrising in part from your having so generally become a Subscribing friend to Similar ones, it will be particularly gratifying to me to have your approbation to a work that now looks up to you, as the Chief Magistrate, under that Constitution & Laws that Secure in such a superior manner our blessed Religion, & that I believe must ultimately be the means united with our wise adminestration of secureing from party spirit & ruin our happy privileges & handing them down to Posterity—your Wisdom & experience has & no doubt will continue to wish a Union of Political Sentiments as near as possible & that must breathe in some degree the blessed Spirit of a Peace-maker, & of course a likeness of him who was the author & founder of that only true system of peace & good will to man universally, & that we find has been so much abused by its professed friends, as well as Enemies & so many opinions that the man in search of truth scarcely knows how to act, may that happy time fast arrive when Divisions & antichristian abuses shall be no more, & when all shall come to know the Lord, in the Union of the Spirit, the bond of peace when a Nation shall be born in a day—

I have also nearly ready for press & secured agreeable to Law a work entitled The Christian Sun & Theo–philanthropist, or the One Thing Needful, a Copy of which will when published be forwarded to the Secretary of State’s office, and should it then be thought worthy of your notice & approbation it will to me be highly pleasing. Indeed Honoured Sir, I can not withhold from you, impressions I feel as a duty however simple or extraordinary it may appear to you but if we believe in one part of the Scripturs, we must of the whole, & in what I am about relating, & that is in extraordany & supernatural Dreams, one of this kind I had the night before you were elected President of the United States, in preference to Mr Adams this circumstance was communicated to me in it & other things that have since come as [literally] true as I than thought them extraordany & almost imposible only as Jahovah has & can make use of any means— except the part of my being applyed to, by a Messenger from you as the only channel for a Providential aid absolutely necessary for the salvation of our Nation & to my great astonishment this was done in some miraculous way thrugh me for you & the people this Sir is an awful truth, & what its meaning is time can only determine but at this juncture could no longer withhold it from you, & if from God, may his blessed Spirit convict you of its reality & when necessary convince you, please Honoured Sir to accept of my best wishes & Prayers for your happiness in time & Eternity; & that you may now act as it respects this business that will then add an unfading Laurel to a Crown of Glory I trust will be yours, at all events I believe you will have generosity enough to excuse a man acting from a sense of duty to his God & fellow man & in the mean time believe me Sincerely yours in the common cause of our blessed Redeemer & mankind & remain with due Sentiments of respect your most dutiful & obt St.

J. H. Hall

Please to direct J. H. Hall Burlington New Jersey P.S. it may be a satisfaction to you Sir, for me to inform you that I am in habits of correspondence with Dr Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia whose letters always begin to me, with “Dr Sir,” & ends in these words, “your friend & Kinsman” also Dr Elisha Hall of Fredericksburg, Virginia, (whose Daughter has lately married in the Randolph family) is an Uncle of mine, [. . . .] my father was an officer in the American [. . . .] & I myself born & Educated here, & to this day a suffe[. . . .] from revolutionary troubles as it respects property, & to such a degree that I have had serious thoughts of petitioning Congress either to make good a [. . . .] paper money which was the only thing received for a valuable tract of Land, or to disanul a bargain made with an infirm old man in a State &c—particularly do I feel it hard as I am extremely poor, & in [. . . .] want I propose forwarding a Copy of this letter to Judge Washington of Mount Vernon, & also for his approbation & probably to other Gentlemen of Note throughout the Union, a letter with your signature & approbation of the work in question that I could publish & make use of would be ever gratefully acknowledged & the sooner the better, as the time the Law obliges me to advertise my works, is fast drawing to a close, do be so good as to excuse this long Espistle.—

J. H. Hall

The Christian Sun & Theophilanthropist, or or the one thing Needful, Containing Devout & Philosophical exercises on various subjects of superlative importance in Theology and Morals.

This is the way, walk you it. Isaiah

Will be published as soon as the further and af[. . .] a few more friends is obtained to help discharge its expences & which having most the [amt] certain approbation & in quite a superior degree of Du[. . . .]s & the Pious and Learned of four denominations & several that are not particularly attached to any Society. This is Sir [. . . .] & must speak for itself.

J.H. Hall

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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