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Thomas Jefferson to José Corrêa da Serra, 6 March 1815

To José Corrêa da Serra

Monticello Mar. 6. 15.

Dear Sir

I mentioned to you in a former letter that mr Say had asked of me information relative to the price of lands Etc. in the neighborhood of Charlottesville with a view to the removal of his family to this country. in the inclosed letter I have given him the best and fullest information I could, of every circumstance which might influence his judgment and final determination. altho’ I have endeavored to confine myself rigorously t[o] matters of fact, yet aware of our natural partiality to our own country, and even our own neighborhood, I am afraid I may have given an aspect influenced by that. of this a foreigner would be a better judge than a native, and none better than yourself. I have therefore left the letter open, and request you to peruse it, and if you find any thing which ought to be corrected, that you will be so good as to note it in a letter to mr Say with whom I believe you are particularly acquainted. when perused be so good as to stick a wafer in it, and also in the envelope to mr Ticknor, and commit it to the mail, with as little delay as you can, as mr Ticknor will sail for Europe very soon.

We all rejoice at the peace, and most especially as we closed the war with such a sample to England of our character as an enemy, in proportion as we advance in the exercises of war. yet it is but a truce, unless in the interval of general peace, she settles amicably the business of impressment. the first American citizen she impresses will be a declaration of war. I am not without apprehensions that the late change in the condition of Europe may tempt you to leave us. if this be necessary for your happiness, as is but too probable, our friendship for you1 would require us to submit to the sacrifice. if you continue with us a while longer, I shall hope for your passing at Monticello as much of the summer as you can. the cession of my library to Congress will have left you that resource the less for your amusement with us. but the season for botanizing will in some measure supply it. Accept my affectionate and respectful salutations.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); one word faint; at foot of text: “M. Correa de Serra”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Jean Baptiste Say, 2 Mar. 1815.

The envelope to mr ticknor covered the enclosed letter to Say (see TJ to George Ticknor, 19 Mar. 1815).

1Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County, Va.; land prices in search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and J. B. Say’s proposed immigration to America search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; letters to search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; plans to return to Europe search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; proposed visit of search
  • Great Britain; peace with search
  • impressment; TJ on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; British impressment of seamen search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; peace with Great Britain search
  • Library of Congress; TJ sells personal library to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); invitations to visit search
  • Say, Jean Baptiste; considers immigrating to U.S. search
  • Ticknor, George; carries TJ’s letters to Europe search
  • Virginia; land prices in search