Abbe Correa de Serra and Thomas Jefferson

Relationships between leading personalities in the South and North Americas were close during the late 18th century.  President Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the US and the writer of the Declaration of Independence, was a good friend of Brazilian intellectual Abbe Correa de Serra.  Serra visited Jefferson several times at Jefferson’s home in Monticello, Virginia.  In a letter of August 17, 1813 to a mutual friend, Jefferson described Serra as, “I found him what you had described in every respect; certainly the greatest collection, and best digest of science in books, men, and things that I have ever met with; and with these the most amiable and engaging character.”

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