Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joel Barlow, 23 January 1808

23 Jany. 1808—

Dear Sir

I beg your acceptance of a specimen of the typographical art* which I think equal to any that Europe has produced. The paper type & ink are made in Philadelphia, and I regret that the engravings had not likewise been committed to American artists.

I cannot hope that you will soon find leisure to read the poem with that attention which would be requisite to obtain from you your opinion of its merits, I mean in a moral & political view. As a poem of the Epic Character it can never rank high. As a patriotic legacy to my country I hope it may prove acceptable.

With great respect yr. obt. sert—.

Joel Barlow

*  “The Columbiad”

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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