Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Charles Willson Peale, 24 September 1807

Monticello Sep. 24. 07.

Dear Sir

I am to return you a thousand & a thousand thanks for your letter of Aug. 30. & particularly your kind offer to recieve my grandson into your family. I consider him as thereby placed in the best school of morality & good habits which could have been found for him, & secured against the only fears we entertained for him in your city. on the subject of his habits & dispositions they are exactly what you would wish, and as to wine, which you particularly mention he never sees a drop but on the Sundays on which he visits me. it was much the wish both of mr Randolph & myself that he should have gone to Philadelphia this autumn, & it had been decided on. but mr Ogilvie, his present tutor has been so earnest in his entreaties to keep him another year that it has been consented to, in the expectation that he will, in the course of it, so improve his foundation in Latin & French (which are not sufficient) that he will be able to profit more then of the advantages offered by Philadelphia. I inclose you the letter of mr Ogilvie which overcame our wishes, as it may strengthen the assurances which I had given as to the dispositions of my grandson.   —have you heard of the newly invented stylagraph. I know nothing of it but what is contained in the inclosed paper, which I will thank you to return me. a friend has been so kind as to send me one of the machines which I have not yet seen, but shall meet it at Washington on the 3d. prox. I thank you for dressing the Argali head for me. I have not yet recieved it, but may expect it soon. I salute you with great friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

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