Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Elisha Boudinot, 25 February 1799

To Elisha Boudinot

Philadelphia Feb. 25. 99.


I have duly recieved your favor of the 19th. and am very sensible of your kind attention to the subject on which I had taken the liberty of troubling you. as soon as you recieve mr Roosevelt’s answer I shall be further thankful for the communication of it. I should with great pleasure have made a visit to Newark in order to see these mines, & have accepted the polite offer of your company to the place, in a milder season, & less busy scene, but the business of the Senate confines us every day but Sunday; and by the close of the session the desire of getting home becomes too strong to admit of any delay which is not unavoidable.

I am with sentiments of great respect Sir Your most obedt. servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (MB); at foot of text: “Elisha Boudinot esq. Newark.”

According to SJL TJ received Boudinot’s favor of the 19th, now missing, from Newark on 20 Feb. Nicholas J. Roosevelt, a founder of the New Jersey Copper Mine Association, directed much of the company’s activity (WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892– description ends , 3d ser., 27 [1970], 301).

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