To James Monroe
Monday May 13. 99.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Colo. Monroe, & his sincere congratulations to him & mrs Monroe on the interesting addition to their family. he wishes to know how mrs Monroe & the youngster do; and would be made very happy if he could offer any thing grateful to [mrs] Monroe. rice, pearl barley &c sometimes useful to the sick, she probably has: if not, they are here at her service.
he sends a paper which the neighbors around Charlottesville & Milton are desirous to join in, to try if they can prevent the depredns under which they suffer. if Colo. Monroe desires to sign it, he will do so, & then let it go on by the bearer to mr Divers. others are gone in other directions, & it is proposed to set them up in the two towns in 2. or 3. days.
RC (DLC: Monroe Papers); damaged; addressed: “Colo. Monroe”; endorsed by Monroe. Not recorded in SJL.
Interesting addition: James and Elizabeth Kortright Monroe’s newborn son, James Spence Monroe. He became ill in the summer of 1800 following complications from teething and a bout with whooping cough, and died on 28 Sep. of that year (Ammon, Monroe description begins Harry Ammon, James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity, New York, 1971 description ends , 185, 188, 611n; Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–, 27 vols. description ends , 17:399, 415; Monroe to TJ, 22 Sep. 1800).
George Divers lived at Farmington, four miles northwest of Charlottesville (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 1:299n). According to SJL Divers wrote TJ a letter of 26 Mch. 1794 received the same day and letters of unspecified date received on 11 Dec. 1798 and 12 Sep. 1800. TJ wrote Divers on 9 Oct. 1794, 19 Nov. 1797, 30 Apr. 1799, and 11 Sep. 1800, none of which has been found.