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Joseph Dougherty to Thomas Jefferson, 18 October 1811

From Joseph Dougherty

Washington City Octr 18th–11

Dear Sir

I observe in a late paper that Mr G: W: Campbell is elected to the Senate of the U:S: in the place of Mr Whiteside resigned, as he is an active man, and a warm friend to the republican cause, I expect he will be here at the commencement of the session, I believe him to be your friend: however that is best known to your Self

To say any thing of the trouble you have already taken would be useless; you know my disposition well. and all that I have to say is that you have only fulfild my expectation and should the lot fall on me, I will exert myself to cherish that recommendation which you were so kind as to give me.

I hope Mr & Mrs Randolph & the family is well:

our city is verry sickly at present, and many sudden deaths has been leatly. Thank God myself and family is healthy

I am sir your Humble Servant

Jos Dougherty

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Th. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Oct. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

Washington was sickly with a bilious fever that Dolley Madison blamed on standing water from an unfinished canal (Dolley Madison, Selected Letters description begins David B. Mattern and Holly C. Shulman, eds., The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison, 2003 description ends , 150–1).

Index Entries

  • Campbell, George Washington; elected to U.S. Senate search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; letters from search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; seeks Senate doorkeeper appointment search
  • health; fever search
  • Madison, Dolley Payne Todd (James Madison’s wife); and fever in Washington search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings to search
  • Washington (D.C.); fever in search
  • Whiteside, Jenkin; resigns from U.S. senate search