Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Lambert, 16 July 1810

To William Lambert

Monticello July 16. 10.


An indispensible piece of business which has occupied me for a month past, obliged me to suspend all correspondence during that time. this must apologize for my late acknolegement of your favor of May 19. [& for the?] tardy expression of my thanks for so much of the papers you inclosed as respected myself. the approbation of my political conduct by my republican countrymen generally is a pillow of sweet repose to me, undisturbed by the noise of the enemies to our form of government. the political sentiments expressed by your society are in the pure spirit of the principles of our revolution. so long as these prevail we are safe from every thing which can assail us without or within.

Your several communications on the 1st meridian have been regularly handed on to the Philosophical society. not corresponding regularly with any of the members, I have recieved no information respecting them. I have formerly observed to you that while I entertain no doubt of their accuracy, my own familiarity with the subject had been too long suspended to enable me to render a critical opinion on them. my occupations here are almost exclusively given to my farm & affairs. they furnish me exercise, health & amusement, and with the recreations of family & neighborly society, fill up most of my time, and give a tranquility necessary to my time of life. with my best wishes for your prosperity accept the assurances of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); ink stained; at foot of text: “Mr Lambert.”

Index Entries

  • American Philosophical Society; and W. Lambert search
  • American Revolution; TJ on search
  • astronomy; and calculations of prime meridian search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; American Revolution search
  • Lambert, William; and prime meridian search
  • Lambert, William; letters to search
  • prime meridian search
  • Tammany societies; of Washington search
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