WRITING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON
>I am assigned to write a letter to Thomas Jefferson, from James >McHenry. And >a letter from Thomas Jefferson in response to the letter from McHenry. >So >far I know that James McHenry represented Maryland, but that's about >it. If >you can help me or have any ideas, please help me. There is no mention of a James McHenry in my 20-volume collection of Jefferson's writings, so I cannot help you with what he and Jefferson might be writing about. That would take some research, and that is what your teacher expects you to do. What you will need to do is look up in your text book, or other source material (history), and find out what issues were the main interest of James McHenry. You would assume that he would write to Thomas Jefferson about whatever he was noted for being interested in. Then you will need to discover what was Jefferson's position on that issue, and write a response setting forth Jefferson's position. Whatever the issue is, you could probably find where Jefferson stood by using the search function at my website, Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government. Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government. For example, if James McHenry was in favor of freeing the slaves, then go to the section at my website for Jefferson's position on slavery, which you could discover by searching with the term "slavery." Then write a response, using whatever quotations from that section that are appropriate. It is a clever assignment, and I hope that helps.
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