Thomas Jefferson to George Rogers Clark

Washington Dec. 19. 07.

Dear General,

     As I think it probable your brother will have left you before the inclosed comes to hand, I have left it open, and request you to read it, and do for me what it asks of him, and, what he will do should he still he with you, that is to say to have the bones packed and forwarded for me to William Brown, Collector at N. Orleans, who will send them on to me.

     I avail myself of this occasion of recalling myself to your memory, and of assuring you that time has not lessened my friendship for you. We are both now grown old. You have been enjoying in retirement the recollection of the services you have rendered your country, and I am about to retire, without an equal consciousness that I have not occupied places in which others would have done more good. But in all places and times I shall wish you every happiness, and salute you with great friendship & esteem.

Th: Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson to William Clark

Washington Dec. 19.07.

Dear Sir,

     I have duly received your two Favors of Sep. 20 and Nov. 10. and am greatly obliged indeed by the trouble you have been so good as to take in procuring for me as thorough a supplement to the bones of the Mammoth as can now be had. I expect daily to receive your bill for all the expences which shall be honoured with thanks. The collection you have made is so considerable that it has suggested an idea I had not before, I see that after taking out for the Philosophical society everything they shall desire there will remain such a collection of duplicates, as will be a grateful offering from me to the National institute (sic) of France for whom I am bound to do something. But in order to make it more considerable I find myself obliged to ask the addition of those which you say you ‘have deposited with your brother at Clarkesville, such as ribs, back bones, leg bones, thigh, ham, hips, shoulder blades, parts of the upper and under jaw, teeth of the Mammoth and elephant, and parts of the Mammoth tusks, to he forwarded hereafter if necessary.’ I avail myself of these last words to ask that they may be packed and forwarded to me, by the way of N. Orleans, as the others have been. I do this with the less hesitation knowing these things can be of little value to yourself or brother, so much in the way of furnishing yourselves if desired, and because I know they will be so acceptable to an institution to which, as a member, I wish to be of some use. I salute you with great friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson


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