Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Simon Harris, 14 October 1820

State of New Hampshire—Bridgwater October 14th 1820

Hon & Dear Sir—

Althou I never had the pleasures of seeing you, yet I take the liberty to writing a few lines to you hoping you will not be ofended—when you was first elected President of the U-States I trust no man within the U, S. was more highly pleased then my self, I called my first born son after you was elected, Thomas Jefferson Harris he is now almost 19 years of age is a bright Boy, and as your property is immense, when you dispose of your property I hope you will remember him, I always ment to have brought him up to Learning but my property is not Sufficient, having ben too liberal in helping Poor people out of Debt have lost considerable property, I have been informed you have no very near relatives hope you will give him a Small plantation or give me one and I will give him my farm and will come and assist you in your age and Stay up your hands as the children of Israel Stayed up the hands of Moses—

I am now at the city of Washington on business and am likely to get through on monday next Shall leave the City for home as soon as possable other wise I ment to have called on you had time permitted—hope you will use the freedom to write to me on the Subject, to recive a comunication from you would be viewed with grate Satisfaction—

This from your very obedent & humble Serviant—

Simon Harris—

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

Index Entries