Monticello Oct. 9. 24.
I recieved your favor of Sep. 27. conveying to me the invitation of the Volunteer companies of the state to meet them and their distinguished guest Genl La Fayette at York on the 19th inst. no person rejoices more than I do at the of gratitude with which our f.c. are recieving this their antient and virtuous friend and benefactor, nor can any other more cordially participate in their sentiments of affection to him. age and infirmities however disable me from repairing to distant occasions of joining in these and to avail myself of the opportunity which the friendship of the Genl will give by his kind assurance of a visit. scene military covered from the ravages of enemy. with this apology for my inability to profit of the honble invitn of the volunteer companies I pray you to accept for yourself of the assurance of my high respect and considn.
here then I shall have welcome oppty of joining with my grateful neighbors in manifestations of our sense of his protection peculiarly afforded us, and claiming our special remembrance and acknolegements. but, I shall not the less participate with my distant brethren by sincerely sympathising in their warmest expressions of gratitud and respect to this our country’s guest.
MoSHi: Thomas Jefferson Collection (formerly Bixby).