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Thomas Jefferson to Henry Jackson, 31 January 1816

To Henry Jackson

Monticello Jan. 31. 16.

Dear Sir

On the 16th inst. I took the liberty, thro’ the office of the Secretary of State, of asking a second time your care of a letter to mr Ticknor. ten days after that I received your favor of Nov. 9. I am very thankful for the kind dispositions it expresses towards myself, and can assure you that the approbation of the wise and worthy is truly a pillow of down to an aged head. a direct conveyance occurring by a gentleman going immediately to Paris, I have thought a line to mr Ticknor by him might probably get to his hands sooner than that thro’ the office of the Secretary of State; and I therefore trespass on you again with one for him, as also one for mr Appleton our Consul at Leghorn. this last I presume can find it’s destination by the common mail, or perhaps thro’ the diplomatic agent of Tuscany at Paris. my correspondence with Europe, of which Paris, under all it’s afflictions, is still the center, will, I fear, but too often oblige me to avail myself of your kind attentions.

This will be handed you by mr Dabney Terril of Kentucky, a relation of mine, being the grandson of my sister, who is proceeding to Geneva for the purposes of education. he is a youth of perfect correctness of morals and manners, and of amiable dispositions. he will stop a few days only in Paris, and asks me to procure him the honor of presenting himself to you. he will probably need the protection of your passport on his journey, and perhaps indeed of a permanent one to cover his residence at Geneva.

I avail myself with pleasure of the occasion which the request of these favors furnishes of tendering you the assurance of my high consideration and esteem.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); addressed: “The honorable Doctr Henry Jackson Chargé des affaires of the US. of America at Paris” to be carried “by mr Terril a citizen of the US. of America. Th: Jefferson”; endorsed by Jackson. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Philip I. Barziza to TJ, 6 Dec. 1815; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: (1) TJ to Thomas Appleton, 31 Jan. 1816. (2) TJ to George Ticknor, 31 Jan. 1816.

Dabney C. Terrell was the grandson of TJ’s sister Martha Jefferson Carr.

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; consul at Leghorn search
  • Carr, Martha Jefferson (TJ’s sister); family of search
  • Jackson, Henry (1778–1840); as secretary of legation in Paris search
  • Jackson, Henry (1778–1840); conveys TJ’s letters search
  • Jackson, Henry (1778–1840); letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; European search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with D. C. Terrell search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; friendship search
  • Monroe, James; as secretary of state search
  • Monroe, James; TJ forwards letters through search
  • Terrell, Dabney Carr (TJ’s sister Martha Jefferson Carr’s grandson); carries TJ’s letters to Europe search
  • Terrell, Dabney Carr (TJ’s sister Martha Jefferson Carr’s grandson); studies in Geneva search
  • Terrell, Dabney Carr (TJ’s sister Martha Jefferson Carr’s grandson); TJ recommends search
  • Ticknor, George; H. Jackson conveys letters to search