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A Man Who Did What Jefferson Wouldn't

December 05, 1996

In Letters in Life & Style on Nov. 20 I read a letter that said, "What do you mean Thomas Jefferson is unworthy because he did not free his slaves and didn't think blacks and whites could live together. In his time no one did."

For the writer's information, one individual did. Thaddeus Kosciusko, a general in the Colonial army of some renown, did. Before returning to Poland, he willed all his property for that purpose alone.

What happened to this money, I have not been able to find out. It seems his efforts on behalf of black people have been relegated to obscurity.

THADDEUS WYGLENDOWSKI

Palm Desert

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