Wythe to Thomas Jefferson, 10 January 1786
GW to TJ
My neighbor Madison, just now, sent to me a pacquet, which i perceived by the superscription, to have come from you; a favour little descried by one who had not written to you since you crossed the atlantic. I will not say what was the cause of this silence; but can swear; that the cause was not forgetfulness of you, nor want of good will for you. Before i opened the pacquet, observing it to contain looks, i hoped to see the copy of one, with a cursory reading of which i had than lately been delighted. You will know what book i mean, when i tell you, that he, who indulged me with the reading of it informed me, that the author had not yet resolved to publish it. I shall rejoice to find myself judged worthy ones of those copies already printed, if there will
will be no more. I wish to get the arms of Taliaferro, which from information, i believe to have been a tuscan family, engraven on a copper-plate, with this motto or Oϒ ΔOKEIN APIΣTOΣ AΛΛ’ EINAI and the name Richard Taliaferro. But i would not have this done, if it can not be without giving you trouble, nor unless you will order to whom here i shall repay the cast. Perhaps the motto, taken from Aesoyius (επτα επι Θηβαις six. 598?) would be sufficient without αριζοζ. If you think so, leave out that word. Adieu. 10 jan. 1786. Williamsburgh.