Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Rhea, 15 February 1807

February 15th. 1807

Dear Sir,

By the last mail from Tennessee I received a letter dated 29th Januay from a friend, in which is a paragraph in the words following

“I inclose Your reflection and as a natural curiosity, to be shewn to your freinds and acquaintance, a piece of wood in the form of a Worm—this is a metamorphosis, or rather a descent from animal to vegetable matter, to account for which physically, I will submit to Your superior knowledge”

I herewith take the liberty of inclosing it to You—it hath not been seen by any acquaintance or freinds of mine in the District—and I can not account for, therefore, submit it to Your Superior knowledge—and I hope You will pardon the liberty taken—

With every sentiment of Esteem and wishes for Your health I am Sir Yours very respectfully

John Rhea

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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