Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Maury to Thomas Jefferson, 29 April 1815

From James Maury

Liverpool 29th April 1815

My dear Sir,

I now resume the conveyance of public information to you in the old way, and will, from time to time, have that pleasure.

The peace appears to have given in the United States a more general satisfaction than in this country; where indeed it, at first, was by no means palatable to many; but now is, I believe, universally welcome: and I cannot help confidently hoping that, even should this country be again involved in war with France, the peace with the U.S.A. will not be disturbed, for I am strongly under the impression that the provocations which occasioned the late rupture will not be repeated.

The return of intercource has not yet introduced into this port as many cargoes of our produce as it was generally expected would have been before this time: those however which are arrived meet a good market. Tobo, for example, now is selling from 6d a 21d per ℔. The Stocks of this article Cotton & some others had been nearly exhausted.

I have lately heard of the benefit you experience from a singular practice, I am told, you have of putting your legs into cold water every morning. Is it so? I have lately resumed a practice, perhaps as singular for the 70th year: namely plunging into a cold bath thrice a week during the whole winter: to which I attribute my having been freer of cold than during any one of the preceding twenty eight winters that I have been in this place.

Accept the sincere good wishes of

Your old obliged friend

James Maury

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson &C &C Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 14 June 1815 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.

Index Entries

  • cotton; in Europe search
  • Ghent, Treaty of (1814); effect of search
  • Ghent, Treaty of (1814); support for search
  • Great Britain; commercial channels reopened search
  • Great Britain; market in search
  • Great Britain; peace with search
  • health; and treatments search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; European search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; cold footbaths search
  • Maury, James; health of search
  • Maury, James; letters from search
  • tobacco; price of search