Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Graham, 15 July 1810

To John Graham

Monticello July 15. 10.


I really shrink for shame from the tax I impose on your goodness respecting my foreign letters. but my inland situation added to the difficulty of the times leaves me without a resource but in the friendship of the agents of the government, for my European correspondence, a correspondence I try to lessen as much as possible and hope with time to get rid of. in the mean time I am burthensome to you. the packets now forwarded are too bulky but for the baggage of some gentleman passenger who may undertake to carry dispatches for you to Paris or London. a safe conveyance is more important than a speedy one. but above all things I must pray it to be so conveyed as that mr Pinckney or mr Warden may not be saddled1 with postage. I should be glad if the letter for Jamaica could be under cover with the government dispatches to it’s agent. to my apologies for all this trouble I must add the assurances of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr John Graham”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: (1) TJ to Tadeusz Kosciuszko, 26 Feb. 1810. (2) George Richardson to Richard Richardson, date unknown, enclosed in George Richardson to TJ, 18 Mar. 1810. (3) TJ to Sylvanus Bourne, 2 May 1810. (4) TJ to Gerardus Vrolik, 2 May 1810. (5) TJ to Carlo Botta, 15 July 1810. (6) TJ to Marc Antoine Jullien, 15 July 1810. (7) TJ to William Pinkney, 15 July 1810. (8) TJ to David Bailie Warden, 15 July 1810.

1Manuscript: “sadded.”

Index Entries

  • Graham, John; letters to search
  • Graham, John; TJ sends letters through search
  • Jamaica; TJ forwards letter to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; European search
  • Pinkney, William; dispatches mentioned search
  • Richardson, George; and communication with Jamaica search
  • Warden, David Bailie; mentioned search