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Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 7 December 1810

To John Wayles Eppes

Monticello Dec. 7. 10.

Dear Sir

Your letter of Nov. 19. desiring me to send to Haden’s for Francis on the 29th did not get to my hands till the evening of that day Wormeley set off the next morning and I was happy to find he was in time to recieve him. he got here to breakfast the morning after he parted with you. I did not write to you by Wormley because I supposed you would have passed on. on the 12th of Nov. I had written to you requesting you to let us have Francis during your absence at Congress. your letter mentions that he is to stay only till Christmas, but I wish you to take it still as a matter ad referendum, Whether he may not continue the rest of the winter. mine of the 12th I am fearful you have not recieved as you do not mention it. it informed you that I had inclosed to mr Giles for perusal my statement of the case of the Batture, and requested you to read it, to communicate it to mr Clay of Ky and Johnson, to which I now add mr Burwell, and then return it to me. the object of the perusal was merely that the case might be understood in case E. Livingston should attempt to procure any measure from Congress on the subject; otherwise I desired it’s contents might not be spoken of so as to let our adversary know beforehand the topics of our defence. mr Burwell tells me mr Giles went on some weeks before the meeting of Congress. if so, he may not have recieved my letter to him of Nov. 12. containing the Statement. I hope however it will have followed him. it’s loss would be a great misfortune to me. will you relieve me from this uncertainty?

We have not yet recd the President’s message. I suppose you will have to decide the important question Whether we are ever to go to war for commerce. I have no doubt England will single herself as our enemy, if we chuse to fight her. God bless you & preserve your health.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Eppes”; endorsed by TJ.

Eppes’s letter of nov. 19, not found, is recorded in SJL as received from Petersburg on 29 Nov. 1810. President James Madison delivered his annual message to Congress on 5 Dec. 1810 (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 29 vols.: Congress. Ser., 17 vols.; Pres. Ser., 5 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 7 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 3:49–56).

Index Entries

  • Batture Sainte Marie, controversy over; and Congress search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; and batture controversy search
  • Clay, Henry; and batture controversy search
  • Congress, U.S.; and batture controversy search
  • Congress, U.S.; J. Madison’s messages to search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); at Monticello search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); and batture controversy search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); letters from accounted for search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); letters to search
  • Giles, William Branch; and batture controversy search
  • Haden, Mr. search
  • Hughes, Wormley (TJ’s slave; b.1781); and earthworks at Monticello search
  • Johnson, Richard Mentor; and batture controversy search
  • Madison, James; annual message to Congress by search