To Josiah Meigs
Monticello Oct. 27. 12.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Meigs with his thanks for the oration he was so kind as to send him, and his congratulations on having a son capable of a performance so sound and handsome. he has learnt with great pleasure from the President of the US. that mr Meigs is appointed successor to mr Mansfeild in the Northern surveyor generalship, which he hopes will be accepted, as it is a place requiring good Mathematical talents: wishing that residence may prove agreeable to mr Meigs & his family, he salutes him with esteem & respect.
PoC (DLC); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ.
Meigs’s letter of 16 Sept. 1812 and the enclosed oration by his son, both missing, are recorded in SJL as received from Clarke County, Georgia, on 14 Oct. 1812.