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Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge Gerry, 19 June 1813

To Elbridge Gerry

Monticello June 19. 13.

Dear Sir

Yours of the 11th is just recieved, and I repeat the sincere pleasure it has given me to see you once more come forward on the stage of the nation. I have ever thought the post you now occupy the most agreeable one the nation can give, & very far preferable to that which it’s highest favor confers. and I have hoped that, within three days journey of one another, it would afford some occasion of interview. not indeed at Washington: for I am too old, and too much engaged to propose such a journey of mere indulgence to my moral feelings at the expence of my physical ones. but the chance I looked to was that of some short & occasional adjournment of Congress, during the interval of which at a loss how otherwise to fill it, you might think a tour thro some parts of this state not merely supervacaneous. were this to happen, I had hoped that an acquaintance of half a century & a fellow laborer in good works might be an object in the tour. in no part of it could you be recieved with more pleasure, or retained with greater cordiality. let me then believe this possible, & in the mean time assure you of the unceasing sentiments of friendship & respect of

Yours most affectionately and respectfully

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNPM); addressed: “Elbridge Gerry Vice President of the US. at Washington”; franked; postmarked Milton, 24 June; with FC of Gerry to TJ, 6 July 1813, on verso of address cover; endorsed by Gerry: “Virginia Monticello President Jefferson 19th June & copy of my answer 6 July 1813.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

supervacaneous: “superfluous; redundant” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • Congress, U.S.; adjourns search
  • Gerry, Elbridge (1744–1814); as vice president search
  • Gerry, Elbridge (1744–1814); invited to visit Monticello search
  • Gerry, Elbridge (1744–1814); letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; the presidency search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; vice presidency search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); invitations to visit search