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Samuel Henley

The Reverend Samuel Henley (1749-1819) was a professor of Moral Philosophy at William and Mary College, secretary of the Virginia Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge in 1772, and a friend of Thomas Jefferson. He departed Williamsburg in 1775 for England, leaving behind a large collection of books in the care of Reverend James Madison. Thomas Jefferson bought a number of these books.[1]


  1. See Jefferson's letter to Henley, 3 March 1785.

Further Sources

  • Jefferson to Henley, 27 January and 2 February 1786
  • MB, 1:289, 347, 608, 609.


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