Thomas Jefferson Papers

Levett Harris to Thomas Jefferson, 22 June 1814

From Levett Harris

London 22 June 1814.


The inclosed letter was handed me a few days since by our mutual friend Prince Adam Czartoryski, who accompanied the Emperor Alexander hither from Paris.

The Prince, in recommending this letter to my attention, particularly requested me to bring him to your remembrance; & to renew to you those sentiments of admiration & attachment which originated with his early acquaintance with you at Paris, & which have had all their effect Since, by his review of your exalted character & eminent public services.

Prince Adam continues Still the admired friend of Alexander, & may possibly again become a principal member of his Majesty’s Government.

I have been here about two months—I left St Petersburg with Messs Gallatin and Bayard with an intention of returning with these gentlemen to America—but having since received an instruction from my Government to take charge of the Legation to Russia, in the absence of Mr Adams, named a Commissioner to Ghent to treat there of peace with this Country, I Shall lose no time in retracing my Steps.

The Emperor leaves here to day on his return to the seat of his Empire. I seldom am honored with a private conversation with His Majesty (which has Occurred twice Since he has been here) that his Majesty does not make Special enquiries after you. His Sentiments of us, I can assure you, are always the same; & let me add they could have lost none of their effect by his visit to this Country—These Sentiments with which You Sir, have mainly Contributed to inspire the Emperor, I trust will be1 improved into the happiest consequences to our Country.

I hope after Mr Adams’s mission to Ghent is terminated that I Shall be releived by his resuming his function at St Petersburg; & that I Shall thereby be enabled to pursue the design I have So long had in view of revisiting my native land. Among the first gratifications to be imparted by this return to America, will be that derived by the duty I Shall immediately fulfil of paying my homage to you at Monticello, & there personally assure You of the deep sense I have of the confidence I have enjoyed under Your Government & my gratitude for the interest You have been pleased to take in my welfare.

Receive I pray You Sir, the renewed sentiments of the highest consideration & respect with which I am ever

Your most obedient humble servant

Levett Harris.

RC (DLC); dateline adjacent to signature; at foot of text: “The honorable Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Sept. 1814 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Tadeusz Kosciuszko to TJ, 15 May 1814.

1Harris here canceled “Still.”

Index Entries

  • Adams, John Quincy; as peace negotiator search
  • Adams, John Quincy; minister plenipotentiary to Russia search
  • Alexander I, emperor of Russia; mentioned search
  • Alexander I, emperor of Russia; TJ’s relationship with search
  • Bayard, James Ashton; as peace negotiator search
  • Czartoryski, Adam search
  • Gallatin, Albert; as peace negotiator search
  • Harris, Levett; consul at Saint Petersburg search
  • Harris, Levett; forwards letters for TJ search
  • Harris, Levett; letters from search