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Thomas Jefferson to Louis H. Girardin, 14 April 1815

To Louis H. Girardin

Monto Apr. 14. 15.

Th:J. to mr Girardin.

Your servant finds us just setting down to table, so I can only scribble you a line. I will have one for mrs Lewis ready for you when you call; this being on your road to her house, I will then shew you also an honorable acknolegement of G. Nicholas on the subject of the enquiries into the conduct of the executive the letter as to Arnold was addressed to Genl Muhlenbg, perhaps he might then be only a Colonel. I will read Adams’s letter with pleasure & return it, with your 2. cahiers, my daily & nightly labor not having yet permitted me to read the first, and they will continue 2. or 3. days longer. strange that I do not hear a word from mr Millegan. I salute you with esteem & respect

RC (PPAmP: Thomas Jefferson Papers); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Mr Girardin Glenmore.” Not recorded in SJL.

In June 1781 George nicholas introduced a resolution in the Virginia House of Delegates calling for an inquiry into TJ’s conduct as governor. Later that year the House exonerated TJ (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 37 vols. description ends , 6:88–90, 97, 133–4, 135–7). Girardin’s history noted that Nicholas “has since paid to him [TJ] an homage equally honourable to both” (Burk, Jones, and Girardin, History of Virginia, vol. 4, appendix, p. 12; see PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 37 vols. description ends , 4:261–2, 268n, for a similar claim by TJ and for the 1798 public statement by Nicholas on which he based it).

TJ laid out a plan to capture Benedict arnold in a 31 Jan. 1781 letter to General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg (muhlenbg) (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 37 vols. description ends , 4:487–8). This document was published in Burk, Jones, and Girardin, History of Virginia, 4:458.

A missing letter from Girardin to TJ of 1 Apr. 1815, received the same day from Glenmore, is recorded in SJL, which records receipt on 14 Apr. 1815 of an undated letter from Girardin, also not found.

Index Entries

  • Adams, John; TJ reads letter of search
  • Arnold, Benedict; TJ’s plan to capture search
  • Burk, John Daly; The History of Virginia search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; and J. D. Burk’s History of Virginia search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; letters from accounted for search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; letters to search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; shares J. Adams letter with TJ search
  • Girardin, Louis Hue; TJ critiques manuscript of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Public Service; as governor of Va. search
  • Lewis, Mary Walker (Nicholas Lewis’s wife); property of search
  • Milligan, Joseph; mentioned search
  • Muhlenberg, John Peter Gabriel; letter to mentioned search
  • Nicholas, George; on TJ search
  • The History of Virginia (J. D. Burk, S. Jones, and L. H. Girardin); TJ’s role in the preparation of search
  • Virginia; governor search