Benjamin Banneker: Letter to Thomas Jefferson


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Thomas Jefferson answered Benjamin Banneker’s letter within a few days, writing his reply on August 30, 1791. In this rather brief letter, Jefferson courteously thanks Banneker for his almanac and letter, adding,

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 colors of men; and that the appearance of the want of them, is owing merely to the degraded condition of their existence, both in...