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I shall send you another proof by the next mail   If it would not be too much trouble I should like that you would receive and return a proof once a week whilst you are in Bedford    but in this matter I do not wish you to do any thing that would not be agreeable to you on l y the book has been so long in hand I am desirous to progress with RC ( DLC ); at foot of text: “ Thomas Jefferson...
Your favor of 28 June was rcv d , it was accidentally mislaid, until this day—I shall see M r Biddle & M rs Barton & do all in my power relative to the papers of Lewis & Clarke , & advise results— We have reason to be very thankful to you for what you are doing relative to this Subject & also relative to Birds private Journal —
I have received your letter of the 15th: and rejoice in the establishment of your Society for the promotion of Agriculture. Our mother Earth is a kind, tender, affectionate Parent who will abundantly reward every filial and rational attention that is paid to her. But are you not too modest, in behalf of the Southern States? Your cotton, your Sugar, and your Hemp, are improvements such as the...
Your kind favor of the 14th of this month, was very gratifying to me. Nothing can be more interesting then the account which it gives of the Presidents visit to Boston and the vicinity. The letter from Mr Adams which you were so good as to enclose, I have to apologize for not returning sooner. I desire to thank you for the opportunity afforded me of perusing it. There is an impressive wisdom...
25. Went to Monticello to Breakfast—Accompanied M r Jefferson with M r Southal & M r Garrett to view the site—in which the changes proposed by M r Jefferson as to the position of the buildings appear to be judicious in as much as they are calculated to save much labor in removing Earth—Returned with
At a called meeting of the Visitors of the Central College, held at the House of Mr. Madison in Orange, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Hartwell Cocke, and Joseph C. Cabell, being present: The plan of the first Pavilion to be erected, and the proceedings thereupon, having been stated and agreed to— It is agreed that application be made to Doctor Knox of Baltimore to accept the...
At a called meeting of the Visitors of the Central College , held at the House of M r Madison in Orange , Thomas Jefferson , James Madison , John Hartwell Cocke , and Joseph C. Cabell , being present: The plan of the first Pavilion to be erected, and the proceedings thereupon, having been stated and agreed to It is agreed that application be made to Doctor Knox
Since my last of the 24 th I have engaged a young man of the name of Johnson , to undertake your Stone cutting, should the terms be approved. He is not only capable of to cut a Doric Capital, or a Base, but to execute the common Architectural decorations, as foliage & Rosettes, with great neatness & dispatch, for, in the scarcity of Carvers, I have, for some time past, put him under Andrei , &...
Pardon a few lines from a person so far below you in abilities and renown. They were sent with the hope of receiving an answer, barely acknowledging the receipt of mine, that I might have something to remember our Jefferson by. I ask for nothing more.—Forgive me, Sir, when I inform you that you have been my political Idol ever since I was twelve years of age.—I have been engaged about seven...
I am so far on my route westward, after having extended my tour to the East, as far as Portland, whence I return’d to Dover in N Hamshire, & came thence, by Concord, & Hanover, into Vermont, at windsor, & by montpelier, & Burlington to this place. I visited yesterday Rouse’s point, which is within a few hundred yards of the boundary line. I met her⟨e⟩ Genl Brown, and to morrow we proceed,...
I regret very much that your request respecting the horses has not been sooner complied with, the delay is attributible to a variety of causes, which it would be tedious to both you & myself to detail. I now have the pleasure of sending you four bays—One four years old, two of them five and one six—they have been since my last under the management of a person in whose Judgement & integrity I...
I arriv’d here the day before yesterday on my way to Sacketts harbour , & thence to the westward, in completion of the tour, of which I advised you, that I had, in contemplation, before I left washington. I have been, Eastward, as far as Portland , and after returning to Dover in N. Hamshire , have come on here, by Concord , & Hanover in that State, & windsor , Montpelier
In my Letter of the 15 th February 1816 , I had the honor of Remiting you Bill of Lading & Invoice of 1 Case cont ing   50 Bottles Hermitage wine } Shipped on the Brig Pilot Dixon Master 1 d to Maccaroni
Ayant ecrit en France aussitot que j’appris La mort de M r Mazzei , a Leffet de faire des informations relatives a mes droits dans sa succession et me procurer des papiers qui m’etoient necessaires, J’ose esperer d’aprés les bontés que vous avés toujours eu pour moi, que vous aurés encore eu celle de retarder Lenvoi des remises que vous vous proposiés de faire à son executeur, J’usqua ce que...
I have been prevented for sometime acknowledging your letter of the 7 th of last month enclosing your Draft upon Mess s Gibson & Jefferson by my own Indisposition and the Illness of my Eldest son who I am glad to say is now better. I have paid the amount of the draft to the Agent of Mrs Callis ( Doct Kean ) which I beleive closes
After a residence in Russia of fourteen Years, I have returned to the United States .   Permit me to consecrate the first moments of my arrival in my native City , to the paying of my respects to my great patron and protector.   Tis to you Sir, that I owe the occasion of my advancement to fortune, and I hope to consideration. At the age of twenty four years, You distinguished me by the...
Yesterday I had the pleasure to receive Your letter d. July 16 th (P.mark 19 h ). I had presumed that you were from home, and also that as your institution has been so lately organized, some time could be given to the preparation of a design for the buildings.—But by your letter I find not only that I have been designing under a great misconception of your local e but also have presumed upon...
I have read your narrative, and I cannot scruple to recommend it to the serious, candid and attentive perusal, not only of all who delight in voyages and travels, and all those who love to have their strong passions of pity and terror excited by the artificial means of tragedies and romances, but of all who have leisure, capacity and inclination to read any thing. I should be glad to see a...
I have recd. yours of the 20th. and should with pleasure comply with the wish you intimate, but the remnant of my funds in Washington has been so reduced by necessary drafts, that there is little more there than will suffice for a debt I expect daily to be called for, incurred by Payne Todd on my account, in the purchase of a set of 4 if not 5 horses. The purchase has been made, and by the...
The promptitude & success of our subscription paper, now amounting to upwards of 20,000. D. with a prospect much beyond that renders the decision immediately necessary of some important questions which I had thought might have laid over to our periodical meeting the last of September. Having an opportunity of writing to Genl. Cocke, I invited him to join me in a visit to you on Friday the...
Your letter of the 14 th June was recieved some time ago. in making out my answer to your bill , I avail myself with great satisfaction of the very friendly offer it contains, to dispense with the legal formalities customary in Chancery proceedings. my bad health and preparations for a long absence from home, with a view to recruit it deprives me almost of ability or leisure to attend to any...
Interrogatories in Tho s Jefferson ’s bill with the answers of Geo. Divers one of the Directors of the Rivanna company thereto. 1 st whether the Rivanna river , in it’s passage thro’ the base of the S.W. ridge of mountains, that is to say, from the Secretary’s ford to the foot of the
The answer of G. Divers . Notes by TMR . Qu. 12. ‘and × widened the canal to the extent proposed’    × untrue. ib. ‘the ‡ occupant of the mill.’    ‡ Shoemaker . qu. 18. ‘a considerable accession of grain.’   causes a considble loss of grain for grist. ib. ‘transporting ‡
M r Divers’s answer . Notes on it. These answers of mr Divers are to be considered as if given under oath of in the usual form tenor , that is to say that whatever facts are stated as of his own knolege , are true; he is incapable of affirming
I was applied to some 10 or 12 Days ago by Mr Joell Yancey to do some brick work for you in the neighbourhood of Charlottesville & in 3 or 4 Days thereafter I started to see you but unfortunately my horse was taken sick on the way & not being able to get another on the road was compelled to return I should have made a second start before this but have a very large kiln of brick which I am...
The promptitude & success of our subscription paper , now amounting to upwards of 20,000.D. with a prospect much beyond that renders the decision immediately necessary of some important questions which I had thought might have laid over to our periodical meeting the last of September. having an opportunity of writing to Gen l Cocke , I invited him to join me in a visit to you on Friday the 25...
C. Peyton presents his respects to M. Jefferson And informs him, there is some Ladis hear, from below, who is desirous, of seeing Monticello And if a greeable, will wride up, in the fournoon Noon tomorrow. RC ( DLC: TJ Papers , 211:37615); dateline at foot of text; with Dft of TJ to Thomas Appleton, [20] Aug. 1817 , on verso.
I take the liberty of addressing you on a subject of much importance as it respects a friend of mine in this part of the country, who wishes to obtain information relative to the public Records which were carried away from Virginia by the British at the close of the Revolution. Presuming, that from your accurate knowlege of the transactions of that date, you could give the desired information,...
The promptitude and success with which our subscription has advanced, render the immediate decision necessary of some questions respecting the system for our college which I had expected might have laid over to our periodical meeting in September. Gen l Cocke & myself had agreed to go to mr Madison’s on Friday the 25 th . last night he wrote me he would bring mr Cabell also; and last night too...
I live about three miles from a pleasant & respectable village called Charlottesville of about 500. inhabitants. the county of Albemarle in which it is, and of which it is the center of all the business, has about 20,000. inhabitants, many rich and all independant. the soil is the most fertile of any upland soil I know in the state, and a healthier climate is not in the world. we are about...
Presuming that, as age advances, it must become irksome to maintain your extensive correspondence, I have long delayed addressing a line to you, hesitating, though I knew the subject would interest. The high respect I entertain for yourself and your son, the honble John Q. Adams, will not permit me longer to hesitate, since the communication, given in a Kentucky Paper, respecting our...
I see on your catalogue Graglia’s Italian & English dictionary and Cormon’s Italian & French dict. in 2. vols 8 vo which I request you to send me. the conveyance by water is so slow, that I must ask these by the mail, sending each volume singly, and a week apart that no one mail may be burthen ed with more than a single volume. send Cormon’s Italian & French volume first, as most wanted, with...
The mahogany you were so kind as to get for me has been recieved, and suits me perfectly. I am afraid I am troublesome to you, and yet having no other friend in Richmond who understands these things, I have no other means of having a good choice. I must therefore now trouble you for ½ a dozen mortise doorlocks of which 2. to be plate d handles for doors 1 ½ I. thick, the others brass for doors...
I am one of the Trustees of the Trasylvania University, and on that account have to request the favour of you to give me in detail as correct a view as you can of the moral habits, literary attainments, and religious tenets, of Docr. Holly—Is. he a Christian? Does he deny the divinity of Jesus Christ? That is does he believe Jesus Christ to be merely an inspired man, or the Son of God in the...
If you have retained a letter I wrote you about the first of April 1812 the day preceding your message to Congress recommending an embargo, you would oblige me by enclosing it or a copy to me by mail with an endorsment of the time or about the time it was received. I trust it is unnecessary for me to assure you that no improper use is intended to be made of the letter. I do not know if I was...
I have received yours of the 19 .—accompanied by a letter from M r Garrett with a list of the subscribers to the College . I rejoice with you at the liberality of the subscriptions. I will be at Monticello on Thursday next early enough to visit the site of the College on that day, and will accompany you the day following to M r Madisons if necessary.—
The promptitude of subscriptions, far beyond my expectations calls for a prompt decision on some matters which I had supposed might have been in time at our fall meeting. I propose to go to mr Madison’s to consult with him between the middle & last of the ensuing week, and I should be very happy if you could come, go with me to the College ground to see what is done & doing and then to mr...
on mature reflecttion I wish to seel the negro girl I bought of you, and feelling anxiousley for you to have her so as for the Child & her mother not to be parted I will Let you have her very reasonable indeed, if you will give me as she stands $180 for the girl you shall have her and this to be paid the first day of August Eightteen hundread & Eightteen be so good as to Let me know by the boy...
1817   Operations at & for the College July 18. a. the place s at which the theodolite was fixed being the center of the Northern square, and the point destined for some principal building in the level of the square l.m n.o. the fall from a. to d. 18.f. ₒ from a. to d  the bearing magnetically S. 21. W add for variation  2 ½ S.
I tooke the liberty of directing a letter to you yesterday, the bearers being two young gentlemen, living with me, at Wells’s Hotel , not wishing to remit the letter to proper hands, they handed it to a person, which perhapps has not transmitted the Same, to you, if he has done it I hope you will be so kind as to excuse my liberty of so doing, as I find meself better I expect to proceed to...
On my return from Geneva, I found your friendly letter of March last. Most sincerely do I congratulate you on the happy & honorable termination of your political labours. Few indeed have the good fortune, after such career as yours, to carry in their retirement, the entire approbation of their fellow citizens with that of their own conscience. Never was a country left in a more flourishing...
I now inclose you agreable to my letter of the 11 th (for the Use of M r Louis Leschut — Charlotteville ) Richard Smith Cash r of the Office of Dist and Deposit at Washington his Order on ditto at Bank N York for $306. and by me endorsed—and Numbered 861.
I enclose a letter from Professor Pictet which he gave me during a last excursion to Geneva . I saw there your nephew Terrel with whom every one is well pleased and who appears to be desirous of improving himself in every respect. He is not at all dissipated, and if his expences somewhat exceed his calculations, it is because he has fixed himself in the house of one of the most respectable...
Your Subscription to the Law Journal for Vols. 5 & 6 amounting to $10.00 being due—I have to request that you will remit the same by mail, or otherwise, as soon as may be convenient Harrison Hall 133 Chesnut st. Your Subscription for the Port Folio for the present year is also due, ($6.00) You will have the goodness for the future, to remit this money direct to me instead of paying it to Mr....
you are quite free, my dear Sir, to make the use you propose of the opinion I gave you, and under the cautions you express. my object is to avoid giving useless offence. I salute you with friendship P.S. your serv t has been detained by the interruption of a visit from a foreigner RC (Mrs. Charles W. Biggs, Lewisburg, W.Va., 1950; photocopy in MsSM ); dateline between note and postscript;...
Veuillez je vous prie vouloir bien m’excuser sur la liberté que je prends de m’adresser a vous sans avoir l’honneur d’en être connû, mais j’ose me flatter d’avance que vous serez assez bon que de me pardonner cette demarche en faveur du motif qui me guide et m’anime; Je me plais a croire que vous vous rappelez encore du souvenir de m r Etienne Cathalan à Marseille ;—Etant parti de France pour...
I have the pleasure to return to you the letters of Gov McKean, with a copy of them inserted in the Register. My early & good friend Cæsar A Rodney, of Delaware, nephew of C.R. of the “76 congress, informs me that he has some of deceased patriots’ letters dated in 1777—1799; & says he will furnish them. When they are published, I shall send a copy to you. I am gratified to observe that the...
I found your favor of June 28. on my return hither from my other home , about 90 miles S.W. from hence and near Lynchburg , the mos t growing place in America . they have there the new method of moulding the stock brick in oil, and execute with it the most beautiful brick work, I have ever seen. I went there to try to get a workman skilled in it to come and build our first Academical pavilion,...
At an early period of the summer, the President passed on this road, when I had the pleasure of seeing him: He was then satisfyed from the different appearances of the common wheats, and the kind here called the Lawler that the latter was uninjured by the Hessian fly, and engaged from me 200 bush ls for himself, and 200 for you, to Whom He mentioned his intention to write on the subject—I have...
By this days steam boat I have sent your books Homer & c together with the two vols mathematical in all Seventeen Volumes   They are sent to the care of M r W m F Gray Bookseller of Fredericksburg with a request to have them sent on without delay RC ( DLC ); endorsement by TJ torn. Recorded in