To Benjamin Rush
Monticello. Jan. 21. 12.
As it is thro’ your kind interposition that two old friends are brought together, you have a right to know how the first approaches are made. I send you therefore a copy of mr Adams’s letter to me & of my answer. to avoid the subject of his family, on which I could say nothing, I have written him a rambling, gossiping epistle which gave openings for the expression of sincere feelings, & may furnish him ground of reciprocation, if he merely waited for the first declaration; for so I would construe the reserve of his letter. in the course of the spring I can have a good occasion of writing to him again, on sending him a law case of Livingston against myself, which having been dismissed out of court, for want of jurisdiction, remains unexplained to the world. this explanation I shall print for my own justification; and a copy may not be unamusing to one who is himself a profound lawyer. ever affectionately yours
RC (DLC); addressed: “Doctr Benjamin Rush Philadelphia”; franked; postmarked Milton, 23 Jan. 1812; endorsed by TJ as a letter to Rush that was “returned to me after his death by his family.” PoC (DLC). Enclosures: (1) John Adams to TJ, 1 Jan. 1812. (2) TJ to Adams, 21 Jan. 1812. Enclosed in Richard Rush to TJ, 27 June 1813.
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