Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Wood, 24 January 1799

To James Wood

Philadelphia Jan. 24. 1799.


In obedience to an instruction from the Senate of the US. I am to perform the melancholy office of informing you that the honourable Henry Tazewell late a Senator of the US. from Virginia departed this life on this day. this is not a place in which I am permitted to indulge those reflections which the loss of so able and virtuous a publick servant naturally suggests. it rests with you, Sir, to make that use of this information which is necessary for supplying his place as speedily as may be in the Senate of the US.

I have the honor to be with great respect Sir

Your most obedt. & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (Vi); addressed: “The Governour of Virginia.” Enclosure: Resolution of the Senate, 24 Jan. 1799, directing the president of the Senate to inform the executive of Virginia of the death of Senator Henry Tazewell (Tr in Vi, in hand of and attested by Samuel A. Otis, with subjoined note in Wood’s hand and signed by him: “As the above Came by express who expects Compensation, I request the Board to meet this Morning 11 Oclock J Wood. Wednesday Morng”; see JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820–21, 5 vols. description ends , 2:573; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State PapersPreserved in the Capitol at Richmond, Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. description ends , 9:4).

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