Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Alire Raffeneau-Delile, 24 May 1807

May. 24. 07. Washington.

Th: Jefferson returns thanks to M. Delile for the pamphlets he was so kind as to inclose him; which he has perused with pleasure & instruction. the objects which will employ mr. Delile on his return to Paris will be some indemnification for the short stay he makes with us. the Work in which the Commission of Arts of Egypt is engaged will be recieved with pleasure by all lovers of science, and will shew them what they might have expected from a longer possession, by France, of a country so celebrated in antiquity, and so worthy of our attention in all respects. Egypt and Greece restored to intercourse with the world & reinstated in Science, would immortalize the character which should accomplish so noble an enterprize. he salutes mr. Delile with esteem & assures him of his high consideration.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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