March 7th 1823—
Permit me to introduce to you Capn Chapman an accomplished British officer the nephew of an old East India friend.
I have been deprived of my only daughter & of my son John & my only son Edmund has been much afflicted with a rheumatism which I feared would leave me fatherless—these successive blows & the severity of the winter have much affected my nerves—Could I see a Nl Cy established & manufactures promoted, and Canals made, & a System introduced to check the rapid encrease of slaves to the South, who may be aided by Hayti & Cuba to the West & the motley Crew West of the Sabine, I could Lay down in peace—I have a plan long considered to accomplish the latter important object, but there is too much warmth on this subject for calm description—
If my health permits I will if I do not go to England have the great satisfaction of seeing you in health. I join in the common lamentation that your useful hands are so weakened
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.