Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Small, 25 June 1806

Navy Yard June 25th 1806


This encroachment I hope may not be thought premature, when the subject is considered—The Cheif majistrate of a Great Republick, whose time is divided, & subdivided in rendering benifits to sience and society, Wherether applied, in it’s more exalted refinements, or the lower grades, and Where it may be virteously apply’d. As this virteous carrier must afford little scope (particularly when so followed up) for triffling; excuse me coming to the point—

Have with Anxiety traced the retirement of a Widow Ballic whose numerous offspring have been so far reared under your fostering hand—I had almost said, Heaven fledged wing, and are now arrived at that time of life, when protection is doubly necesary—Guardian Angels are said not to desert in time of sharp trial—In short with the females, there is a Son now sixteen years old,—and if possesed of equal talents, (altho untutor’d) with his late father, he might be rendered an usfull member of society—And as the Widow with gratefull tiars mentioned the lov’d name of     I hope some little arrangements might be made to procure their mutual happyness, and as your assistance may be necesary, pray let it have a hearing—please over

Your advise is nesesary, and dictated too by your Philanthropick mind. The result may be to your wish I am, Sir, with perfect consideration Yours assuredly

Willm. Small

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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