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JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed ("Th:Jefferson") to General Robert Hanna (1744-1821), Monticello, 16 January 1820. 1 page, 4to, torn and professionally repaired along two folds, but with loss of two or three words in center area. [With:] JEFFERSON. Autograph FREE FRANK ("free  Th:Jefferson") on portion of address leaf addressed in Jefferson's hand to Hanna in Franklin County, Indiana, vertical tear with loss of several text letters, signature unaffected.
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JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed ("Th:Jefferson") to General Robert Hanna (1744-1821), Monticello, 16 January 1820. 1 page, 4to, torn and professionally repaired along two folds, but with loss of two or three words in center area. [With:] JEFFERSON. Autograph FREE FRANK ("free Th:Jefferson") on portion of address leaf addressed in Jefferson's hand to Hanna in Franklin County, Indiana, vertical tear with loss of several text letters, signature unaffected.

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JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed ("Th:Jefferson") to General Robert Hanna (1744-1821), Monticello, 16 January 1820. 1 page, 4to, torn and professionally repaired along two folds, but with loss of two or three words in center area. [With:] JEFFERSON. Autograph FREE FRANK ("free Th:Jefferson") on portion of address leaf addressed in Jefferson's hand to Hanna in Franklin County, Indiana, vertical tear with loss of several text letters, signature unaffected.

A FORMER PRESIDENT SALUTES AN ELDERLY REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERAN, "FELLOW LABORERS IN THE STRUGGLE FOR THE LIBERATION OF OUR COUNTRY"

A gracious letter of the former President to a former classmate at the College of William & Mary and Revolutionary War veteran. Jefferson expresses pleasure that the 76-year-old Hanna is still "among the living," and observes that "time as well as ill health bear heavily on me." Hanna had written to ask Jefferson to forward to President Monroe a petition relating to pensions for veterans and widows. Jefferson is pleased to assist:

"A letter from you, dear Sir, comes to me like one from the tombs of the dead, so long is it since I have had any evidence that you were still in the land of the living, and so few are now so who were fellow laborers in the struggle for the liberation of our country, and I rejoice to find that advancing years are the only assailants on your health mentioned in your letter. Time as well as ill health bear heavily on me. Immediately on the receipt of your letter I forwarded it to the President with the expression of the interest I feel for [your petition], and he will not be slow in giving his attention to giving [his atten]tion to revolutionary worthies. I tender you my best wishes for the continuance of your life and health as long as you shall yourself wish them, to continue...."

Hanna, born in Virginia, had served as surveyor General of South Carolina. When he enlisted in a South Carolina regiment during the Revolution, local British authorities placed a price on his head. In his seven-year service, Hanna fought at Bennington, Vermont and in several key southern battles, notably Kings Mountain and Cowpens. In 1804 he became one of the pioneer settlers in Indiana, and in 1816 was a delegate to the convention which drafted that state's Constitution.

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