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Thomas Jefferson to Caspar Wistar, 11 October 1811

To Caspar Wistar

Monticello Oct. 11. 11.

Dear Sir

The inclosed letter is from mr Wm A. Burwell, one of the members of Congress from our state. he lived with me at Washington as Secretary, perhaps at the time you paid us a visit there, or perhaps he may be known to you thro’ the medium of his speeches in Congress, where he distinguishes himself by his good sense, his devotion to his country united with the most conciliatory conduct towards all. he has a relation, Dudley Burwell, an attendant on your lectures, who from gratitude and attachment for the benefits of the instruction he is recieving from you, wishes to be somewhat known to you, and to have opportunities of proving his devotion to you. if you can by any little marks of attention make him sensible of your notice in the croud of hearers, you will encourage him, oblige me, and gratify his worthy relation who is one of my most intimate friends.  my grandson retains all his affections and gratitude to you, which his expressions on all occasions testify. he passed a twelvemonth in the academy of Richmond in Mathematical pursuits, which he is now continuing under my direction. once tolerably strong myself in that branch, always attached to it, but covered with a rust of fifty years entire occupation in other pursuits, I return to this with pleasure, am furbishing myself up, and accompany & encourage him in conquering it’s difficulties. I am in hopes the establishment of your health has relieved you from the necessity of pursuing it by long rides. were that necessity continued, while regretting the cause, it would be a great gratification, if, directing them to this quarter, I should ever have the pleasure of recieving you here. we could promise you every benefit1 which climate and affectionate attentions could render. of these be assured as well as of my high respect & attachment.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Dr Wistar”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to Dudley Burwell, 11 Oct. 1811.

Although the body of the inclosed letter from William A. Burwell to TJ of 2 Oct. 1811 has not been found, TJ retained the address cover in his papers (RC at MHi; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Monticello fav’d Harmer Gilmer”; endorsed by TJ as received 8 Oct. 1811 and so recorded in SJL; notation by TJ below endorsement: “sent the letter to Dr Wistar. 129. arch str.”).

my grandson: Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

1Word interlined in place of “thing.”

Index Entries

  • Burwell, Dudley; letter of introduction for, from TJ search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; and D. Burwell search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; letters from accounted for search
  • Gilmer, Harmer; mentioned search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction from search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); education of search
  • Wistar, Caspar; letters to search
  • Wistar, Caspar; TJ introduces D. Burwell to search