From John Strode
Allum Spring Mills 17 July ’13
Altho’ I am well aware, that if every one to whom your beneficence have been extended, was to trespass on your Attention with equal professions of gratitude, it would have a Severe effect on your private Repose. Yet, good and benevolent Sir, notwithstanding that conviction, full at my Heart, I cannot for my life, Refrain from Acknowledgeing, the benignity of your inestimable favour of the 13th, this moment Recd. Your condescending notice has inspired me with hopes of two important objects; One, is the prospect of being further usefull to my beloved country; the other is not less laudible, to gain Something by industry to discharge a few Small balances, yet unpaid. If Such be the will of propitious Heaven; bound as I now must be, under the Strongest of Additional obligations; Zealously and ardently devoted, no opportunity shall be lost, or in the least neglected, to perform the duties of Any Station, however humble, with which I may be honord. with every Sentiment of due Regard.
I am worthy Sir
The Governor of Va has often Spoke in terms of great kindness to me, good & kind as He is, how could I Shew his Letter to a personage, equally, or perhaps better, acquainted with me. I never thot of Such a thing untill this morning. if I can muster presumption enough, I will go to the City.
RC (MHi); beneath postscript: “Thomas Jefferson esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 21 July 1813 and so recorded in SJL.
James Barbour was the incumbent governor of va.