To Christopher Ellery
Dec. 12. 1801.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Ellery. he is glad to recieve visits either of business or society at any hour of the forenoon. he generally goes out for exercise at noon. and is then engaged with company till candle-light, after which his friends will again find him entirely disengaged. he takes the liberty of mentioning this to mr Ellery, lest doubts on his part might deprive Th:J. of the pleasure of his visits which he shall be glad to recieve as often as convenient.
RC (MCLong); addressed: “The honble Mr. Ellery.”
Christopher Ellery had taken his seat as the newly elected U.S. senator from Rhode Island on 7 Dec. (JS description begins Journal of the Senate of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1820–21, 5 vols. description ends , 3:155).