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Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Thweatt, 14 June 1810

To Archibald Thweatt

Monticello June 14. 10.

Dear Sir

I wrote you on the 11th in answer to yours of the 4th and yesterday recieved yours of the 7th announcing to me the melancholy information of the death of my most esteemed friend mrs Eppes. an intimate and affectionate acquaintance of 40. years with her had always rendered her very dear to me. nearly the last of my early & most beloved friends has now dropt off, and I really view myself as a solitary trunk in the fields with all it’s limbs fallen from it. thus it is that nature, by depriving us of friends & faculties, one by one, prepares us for our own exit with the less regret. I sincerely condole with the family on the loss of so dear a center of their union. I inclose you with pleasure the letter you desire. if the excursion which is to aproach you to mr Madison is to do it at his country seat, from which it is easy to come here to breakfast, I shall certainly hope to see you here. Yours affectionately

Th: Jefferson

PoC (CSmH: JF); at foot of text: “Mr Thweatt”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to James Madison, 14 June 1810.

SJL records the letter TJ wrote Thweatt on 11 June 1810 as well as Thweatt’s letter to TJ of 7 June 1810 (received from Eppington on 13 June 1810) announcing the death of TJ’s sister-in-law Elizabeth Wayles Eppes, but neither has been found. A letter from Thweatt to TJ of 13 July 1810, recorded in SJL as received from Richmond two days later, is also missing.

Index Entries

  • Eppes, Elizabeth Wayles (TJ’s sister-in-law; John Wayles Eppes’s mother); death of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; friendship with E. Eppes search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; death of old friends search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); visitors to search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; letters from accounted for search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; letters to search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; letters to accounted for search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; TJ recommends search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; visits J. Madison search