Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 17 May 1820

Monticello May 17. 20.

Dear Sir

As the measures which were adopted at the last meeting of our visitors were of a very leading character I have thought it proper to inform our absent colleagues of them; and have delayed the communication only until I could add what has been done under the resolutions of the board. as this latter information has not been recieved by you, I inclose you my letter to General Taylor for perusal and pray you, when read, to stick a wafer in it and put it into the post office. you will excuse this economy of labor, as from the stiffening of my wrist, writing is become slow & painful. I have moreover such another letter to write to mr Johnson, and a good part of it to Genl Breckenridge.

My general health is mended, altho’ I do not gain strength. I am obliged to continue bandages, altho’ under their pressure the swelling is kept down, yet it returns on omitting them.

I salute you with constant & unchangeable friendship.

Th: Jefferson

DLC: Papers of James Madison.

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