TO F. A. VAN DER KEMP.
POPLAR FOREST, April 25, 1816.
SIR, -- Your favor of March 24th was handed to me just as I was setting out on a journey of time and distance, which will explain the date of this both as to time and place. The Syllabus, which is the subject of your letter, was addressed to a friend to whom I had promised a more detailed view. But finding I should never have time for that, I sent him what I thought should be the outlines of such a work; the same subject entering sometimes into the correspondence between Mr. Adams and myself, I sent him a copy of it. The friend to whom it had been first addressed, dying soon after, I asked from his family the return of the original, as a confidential
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Publication information: Book title: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Volume: 15. Contributors: Andrew A. Lipscomb - Editor, Albert Ellery Bergh - Editor, Thomas Jefferson - Author, Richard Holland Johnson - Editor, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association of the United States - OrganizationName. Publisher: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association of the United States. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1903. Page number: 1.
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