Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Henry Jackson, 5 July 1815

To Henry Jackson

Monticello July 5. 15.


Mr Ticknor, a young gentleman of Massachusets, left this country for Europe in March or April last, destined first for London, and, after some stay there, for Paris. having occasion to write him a letter on a subject very interesting to myself, and uncertain at which place it would find him, I have thought it safest to do it by duplicates for both places. that for Paris I have taken the liberty of putting under cover to yourself, with a request to deliver it to him, if at Paris, or to retain it till he arrives there. the urgency of the case and the want of other resource will, I hope, plead my excuse for giving you this trouble; and, with my thankfulness, I pray you to accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I find myself obliged to trespass further on your goodness by inclosing a letter for Madame de Stael also. I do not know whether since the late revolution she remains in Paris.1 if not I hope you can avail me of some safe conveyance for it, other than through the post office.

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Charles Jouett to TJ, 12 June 1815; beneath signature: “Doctr Henry Jackson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: (1) TJ to Madame de Staël Holstein, 3 July 1815. (2) TJ to George Ticknor, 4 July 1815. Enclosed in TJ to James Monroe, 15 July 1815.

Henry Jackson (1778–1840), educator, emigrated late in the eighteenth century from his native England to Savannah, Georgia. He received a medical degree in 1802 from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1811 Jackson joined the faculty of Franklin College (later the University of Georgia) in Athens, serving as professor of natural philosophy and chemistry, 1811–20 and 1822–23, and professor of natural philosophy and botany, 1823–25 and 1826–27. The gaps in his appointment occurred when he refused to take on certain disciplinary roles required of the faculty. Jackson took a leave in 1813 from his teaching duties to serve as secretary of the American legation under William H. Crawford, the newly appointed United States minister plenipotentiary to France. When Crawford returned to the United States in 1815, Jackson stayed on as chargé d’affaires until the following year. Jackson resumed teaching at Franklin College in 1819. Crawford recommended him in 1825 for a faculty appointment at the University of Virginia, but no positions were then vacant (Lucian Lamar Knight, Georgia’s Landmarks, Memorials and Legends [1913–14], 2:368–9; Jackson, An Inaugural Dissertation on the Efficacy of Certain External Applications [Philadelphia, 1802]; Catalogue of the Trustees, Officers, Alumni and Matriculates of the University of Georgia, at Athens, Georgia, from 1785 to 1906 [1906], 5, 10; Trustees’ Minutes, University of Georgia [GU]; Chase C. Mooney, William H. Crawford, 1772–1834 [1974], 52–3; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 2:346, 3:39 [27, 28 May 1813, 1, 3 Apr. 1816]; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 4 Jan. 1819; Crawford to TJ, 4 Feb. 1825; TJ to Crawford, 15 Feb. 1825; Macon Georgia Telegraph, 5 May 1840).

1Word interlined in place of “France.”

Index Entries

  • Jackson, Henry (1778–1840); conveys TJ’s letters search
  • Jackson, Henry (1778–1840); identified search
  • Jackson, Henry (1778–1840); letters to search
  • Staël Holstein, Anne Louise Germaine Necker, baronne de; conveyance of TJ’s letter to search
  • Ticknor, George; H. Jackson conveys letters to search
  • Ticknor, George; travels of search