Thomas Jefferson Papers

Sir Egerton Leigh to Thomas Jefferson, 19 December 1813

From Sir Egerton Leigh

Lexington–Virginia 19th Decr 1813


The enclosed letter I received a few days back from Dr Ramsay of Charleston So Carolina. I am very sorry that I am prevented having the honor of personally delivering it to you by a severe Rheumatism or unfixed Gout which confines me to the house but hope in the Spring to be able to do myself the honor of paying my respects to you at Monticello

I have the honor to be Sir

Your Most Obedient Humble st

Egerton Leigh

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Jan. 1814 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: David Ramsay to TJ, 3 Dec. 1813.

Sir Egerton Leigh (1762–1818), the son of a prominent South Carolina colonial official and Loyalist of the same name and grandnephew of Continental Congress president Henry Laurens, was educated at Westminster School in London, 1771–75, entered the British army at the age of fifteen, and saw service in and around New York City, 1780–81. He succeeded to the family baronetcy when his father died in the latter year. Leigh later married an English heiress and established households in London and Warwickshire. He also became an evangelical preacher in the 1790s, helped to found a Baptist church in 1803, and served as pastor for its first eight years. Leigh apparently arrived in New York City in October 1812, was judged to be an enemy alien, and obtained his parole at Lexington sometime the following year. He was back in England when he died (BDSCHR description begins Walter B. Edgar and others, eds., Biographical Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1974– , 5 vols. description ends , 2:396–9; George F. R. Barker and Alan H. Stenning, eds., The Record of Old Westminsters [1928], 2:567; Peter Wilson Coldham, American Migrations, 1765–1799 [2000], 708–9; website of Rugby Baptist Church, Warwickshire, Eng., 13 Nov. 2009; Kenneth Scott, British Aliens in the United States during the War of 1812 [1979], 150, 326; Gentleman’s Magazine, and Historical Chronicle 100 [1830]: 179–80).

Index Entries

  • gout search
  • health; gout search
  • health; rheumatism search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Leigh, Sir Egerton (1762–1818); health of search
  • Leigh, Sir Egerton (1762–1818); identified search
  • Leigh, Sir Egerton (1762–1818); introduced by D. Ramsay search
  • Leigh, Sir Egerton (1762–1818); letters from search
  • Leigh, Sir Egerton (1762–1818); proposed visit to Monticello search
  • Ramsay, David; introduces E. Leigh search
  • rheumatism; as disability search