Thomas Jefferson Papers

Lafayette to Thomas Jefferson, 16 April 1816

From Lafayette

La Grange April 16h 1816

My dear friend

This Letter Will Be delivered By Mr Geo. Flower Who is Going over With an intention to Settle in America. I know Him to Be one of the Most desirable Acquisitions the U.S. Can Make. His departure from England is Suspended Untill a Line of introduction from me to You Can Reach Him. While it Shows the proper Sense He Has of Your Acquaintance, I find in it a Very pleasing Gratification, as Mr Flower, in my Opinion, Unites Every thing that is Respectable and Amiable. I Have Been Very Happy to Receive Him at La Grange With His fellow traveller mr Birkbeck Whose Account of their Agricultural tour, Both Being Capital farmers, Has Been published. He Was a friend to Whitbread. His political Sentiments are Congenial With Yours and Mine—But I Shall only Request in His Behalf Your kind Welcome and Good Advices, and present You With the Best Wishes and Most Affectionate Regard of

Your old friend


RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 25 Nov. 1816 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Birkbeck, Morris; Notes on a Journey through France search
  • Flower, George; introduced to TJ search
  • Flower, George; U.S. tour of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; introduces G. Flower search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; letters from search
  • Notes on a Journey through France (M. Birkbeck) search
  • Whitbread, Samuel; friend of G. Flower search