Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Daniel Belteshazzar Plantagenet Eccleston, 21 November 1807

Washington Nov. 21. 1807.


I recieved on the 22d. Ult. your favor of May 20. with the medals accompanying it, through the channel of my friend & antient class-mate mr Maury of Liverpool. that our own nation should entertain sentiments of gratitude & reverence for the great character who is the subject of your medallion, is a matter of duty. his disinterested & valuable services to them have rendered it so. but such a monument to his memory by the member of another community, proves a zeal for virtue in the abstract, honorable to him who inscribes it, as to him whom it commemorates. In returning you my individual thanks for the one destined for myself, I should perform but a part of my duty, were I not to add an assurance that this testimonial in favor of the first worthy of our country, will be grateful to the feelings of our citizens generally.

I immediately forwarded the two other medals, & the letters to Judge Washington, with a request that he would hand on one of them to Chief Justice Marshall.

I salute you with great respect.

Th: Jefferson

City Library, Peel Park, Salford, Lancashire, Great Britain.

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