Angry TJ, buffon and Lewis and Clark

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Angry TJ, buffon and Lewis and Clark - JOHN " January;, law. .... . ' hom the 'port...
JOHN " January;, law. .... . ' hom the 'port roiio. ' The French, wh' appear to have early per-Vwved a marked feature In the character of fclr.IelTet-son, have recently giv en to the world aletter-fram thisgeirtlrinanr addressed to U. Impede, member of the Institute 1 his let-er is published in the 35th number of periodica! work, printed in Paris, fntitled " La I)e. cede Philoaopfwque!, litcrire et politique," m the following words i - We belteve we shall fci ve pleasure to our readors in presenting them with a translation of the following letter .addressed by Mr. Jrffcreon, President of the U-Wted State, to C. Lncepede, member of the Institute. , They will find in it, independent of norne carious facts fur the learned, that simplicity of tone, which wielovi't to discover in per-sms eminent by their Nation, and that respect for talents, the infallible sign of in elevated soul." ' '- :. ' ' '.-. As It may be some gratification to the Ame-rlcan reader to tee this letter in an English lres, I here, subjoin a tranitauo of it frdm the aforesaid periodical work, to which I have annexed, a few remarks, to be given p place or no; in your paper, as you may thjnk proper. l.ener from Mr Joff.-rso. Prurient of Ue United Stairs, to C. Cuccped, mtmber ef the French Institute. - . I have just received, by Mr. Paine, theco i:-L v.. A hw maImii in. tend ma. nf your diseoorse at the opening ef yonr lectures for the nlntli year. From the rapid perusal I anticipate the pleasure 4 shall experience, in reading It more attentively the first instants of kisure 1 have at my disposal 1 have been struck with the philosophic spirit that dictated tho paragraph of your discourse, page 10. Soon mil enterfiriting travellers viiit the MUtiuiJifti and AHttourt, vhich no Europeun eye hat yet teen,' ifc. Know, that at thU very moment, we have travellers exploring the Missouri to its source, aUU WOO arv IIU gcu WJ unumi w err, whichever it may be, which may originate the nearest to it, and empty itself into the western' ocean. Tlua excursion, through our continent will give ua a general idea of lu form, population, lateral history, productions, soil, and climate. . It Jt lsft by no meant Im-jnrobable that this tcitniffic journey may procure f.r tf some new information rttative to the Mammoth, at Well at the Megatherium, of which you nuke mention (page 6. You have, perhaps, teen in our Philadelphia transactions, before 6ar reading what M. Cnvier had said of it, that we had found here tht rtmaina of an enormous unknown animal, wbkb we have namad Meifalonux. en account of the brodi- gious lengtU of its claws. It it probably the tame animal, and there are slgna of Its an- . I . TIohm. Jient, nrm CTcn jrrscit ge which. we have undertaken, and which , may be accomplished In the space of two sum-mart., will, we kooe. tHamiiuite this firtt. I hkve, for a long time, been fatigued with the eternal repetition f the phrase, me in hi flat ef nature, by wUicn is ' meant, man In his savage and ttupified state, with Ait fa. ultitt not yet develofud. If such is the state of nature, the fstut, in Us embrin state, would be it highest term r degree, for then is discovered its least developement. Surely there, la nothing more contrary to nature, in the dev. elopement of the faculty of . perception and thinking, than in the increase of its body. You will hence perceive haw greatly I haxe been charmed to tee this false idea comU tted by you, p. 9. . M Among al) living and s ni-ble beings, thear arikill of anf tfutie it iti nature. The industry, which proceeds from this alone, and which it has not received from different species, is the completion tfittnat. vral attribute. One would have a very imperfect idea of its cttence, who should be ignorant of the" extent of the developement of III facultic:' The examination of the differ, ent rat9 of men, which you propose, under this point of view, will produce a claiticH. tion, which ha not hitherto been aufficieuly Talued. 1 . M: de Button has supposed that the Moone of America Was the Rein Deer of Europe ; that the Dectjoi America was the. Roebuck, . and what we improperly call .the Panther, was the Conjur. 1 procured for him the tkeleton. the tkin, and hbrni of a Mootc seven feet high the horns of our Deer, and the skin of nn animal, improperjy cidletl Panther. He was thorjughly convinced Uiat.hehad received imperfect notions of all these animals, and. promised to correct these articles, in hia next publications, 1 believe he did not live long e; nough to publish another volume. Have any Posthumous works of his been published, and do they contain the corrections here mntiorw d? I preaome that the parts of animals, which 1 sent, to him, are still in the cabinet, which has been So happily confided to your kerping. You will have heard that a 'skeleton of a mammoth, tolerably complete, has een carried to London by Mr. Peale. front whence he Iiroposesto take it to Paris ; thus you will hve t in your power to see this colossal creature, and to compare it with toe elephant. To return to the principal object of my let-cert I thank you for the friendly communication of your discourse, and the occasion which it has furnished me for turning my step, for a moment, from the arid paths of politics, to the fruitful fields of nature. I entreat you to accept the assurances of my great consideration ad mv respecr. '(Signed) TH : JEFFERSON. The -Pains,- the Palmers, and anti-cliris-tians of the day, will no doubt be Wiy. JvfTr-son he nature.' withal Man, bef dtstinjjuihh-ed by the sute of em-ployed in Cnnbe human procrastinated or the means climate,: revolutions greater born and totally con-Midered men, support it, by tho . Mr. it applicable yet higliest because, ceivcd koning, named, thought none of xny of a-mong the president head, till at his through ' Uut, fatigue he repeated has he no of Europe, laugh at the after his panther's the sneers the Untied probability a living Loui.ii-ana t 1 putting Folly, losephy whether the which the bones, becatomes wilds of of Labour, niche in It it to Cerson't people see enter preponderate naturcwhieh his left to the however, calculated tendency to usual age of for United erecting out the garrisons board and and by . ' gun-boats,' manned place, in true, he may be defence avoids excite the fortifications, to be something which One president communication, expresses nations of war, powers ; induce common cnmje rrjdicingin dots lie land I was. essential Europe policy, qualiy subject? .1 dread of our his curions upon the yet, it pur-notes, Provi-dence, to . . John errands John must until he received, an warm

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  1. The Evening Post,
  2. 28 Jan 1805, Mon,
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