Researchers Find A Treasure In Wilmington, Delaware, A Letter Written By Thomas Jefferson

This morning’s paper had a headline that really caught my eye. It read, capsule researchers find a treasure: a letter from Jefferson.


The article talked about a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1808. This letter was written in response to a letter he had received, no rx telling of the death of Founding Father John Dickinson of Philadelphia and Delaware.


As you know, look Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence. It is said that he had a grudge against John Dickinson for refusing to sign it. Who would know that he felt this way based on this newly found letter. Here’s what it read. “A more estimable man, or truer patriot, could not have left us,” Jefferson wrote. “Among the first of the advocates for the rights of his country when assailed by Great Britain, he continued to the last the orthodox advocate of the true principles of our new government and his name will be consecrated in history as one of the great worthies of the revolution. We ought to be grateful for having been permitted to retain the benefit of his counsel to so good an age; still, the moment of losing it, whenever it arrives, must be a moment of deep felt regret.”
At the time he wrote the letter, Jefferson was in the seventh year of his presidency. It was also 32 years after Dickinson turned away from one of Jefferson’s greatest works.
This letter was found by an aspiring student historian, only 22 years of age, while sifting through hundreds of boxes of archives, poring over a mountainous array of paperwork, letters and meeting minutes dating back to the 17th century. It was found in an unlabeled folder. The final page in the folder was a letter with an instantly recognizable signature at the bottom:Th. Jefferson. The student was only 22 years old. Can you imagine how excited she was to find such a piece of history! Anyway, I just thought you might like to know about this letter. I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I did this morning.

6 Responses to “Researchers Find A Treasure In Wilmington, Delaware, A Letter Written By Thomas Jefferson”

  1. Christe' Says:

    oh my! What a wonderful surprise to find such a letter while sifting through old papers!
    oh I would say, yes! She must have been so very excited.
    Can you imagine?!

    I really enjoy reading your blog, I always learn something wonderful and useful and always, the photographs are just lovely,
    happy day to you,too.

  2. Carole Says:

    Hi Christe’. Good to hear from you this morning. I know it’s very early for you. I am very glad that you enjoyed reading about this letter this morning. I appreciate your taking the time to leave a comment.

  3. rondell Says:

    I saw the headline on the internet but didn’t take the time to read about it, thanks for making a post of it very interesting and I can just imagine finding something like that. Can you imagine living in 1808? Mind boggeling to say the least:0
    Have a great day!

  4. Marilyn Says:

    Carole: It is such a joy to read your blog….so informative and the pictures are beautiful! It’s a treasure in itself and I am so grateful to have discovered it.

  5. Pear Tree Primitives Says:

    What a find!!! I’m sure that student will get an “A” in whatever course she was collecting data for! :)
    I agree, your blog is so full of interesting and historical information, and I love to “travel” with you on your antiquing excursions!


  6. carole holt Says:

    Hi Rondell, Marilyn and Suzanne. Your all so nice to comment. I am SO glad to know that you enjoy my posts, it’s always so appreciated.

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