Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Banneker

no body wishes more than I do to see such proofs as you exhibit, that nature has given to our black brethren, talents equal to those of the other colours of men, & that the appearance of a want of them is owing merely to the degraded condition of their existence both in Africa & America.

PrC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 22:97–8.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
Benjamin Banneker
Date Range
Date
August 30, 1791
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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