Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joel Barlow, 9 December 1807

Belair—cedevant Rock Hill 9 Decr. 1807

Dear Sir

I take the liberty to send you for perusal, a letter I have recd. from Thos. Law at Phila. on his way to England. His belief in a peace in Europe appears to me well founded, but your information must be better than his or mine.

I have read the memoir of our friend Fulton & think it a real good thing. If this man is supported he will give us the liberty of the seas and a system of interior public improvement superior to what has been seen in any country. His whole soul is in these two subjects, as I had mentioned to you before his return to this country, and his energy is equal to the task.

If with that we could unite a system of public instruction such as would grow out of a National Institution, the whole would be dated from your administration and become one of its most lasting & splendid memorials.

With great respect yr. obt. Sert.

Joel Barlow

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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