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Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 17 April 1816

To James Monroe

Poplar Forest Apr. 17. 16.

Dear Sir

The inclosed letter is for a daughter of the late Dr Bruff, who wrote me a pathetic letter on the death of her father. altho I considered him as an ingenious and virtuous man, and always shewed him that I wished his success, yet there never was any particular acquaintance between us beyond the drawing of a tooth or two. I do not therefore exactly see the scope of the letter. but whatever it be I have given it the go-by by a few commonplace expressions of condolance. unwilling to excite curiosity by sending a letter with her address and my frank to the post office,1 I was sure you would permit me to pass it to her under your cover, and that you would have it delivered by one of your messengers without going thro’ the post office. ever and affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (NjP: Andre deCoppet Collection); addressed: “James Monroe esq. Secretary of State Washington”; franked; postmarked Lynchburg, 20 Apr.; endorsed by Monroe. PoC (MHi); on recto of a portion of a reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Susan Maria Bruff, 17 Apr. 1816.

1Preceding four words interlined.

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  • Bruff, Susan Maria; appeals to TJ search
  • Bruff, Susan Maria; TJ’s letter to forwarded by J. Monroe search
  • Bruff, Thomas; as dentist search
  • Bruff, Thomas; death of search
  • dental care; T. Bruff as dentist search
  • Monroe, James; letters to search
  • Monroe, James; TJ forwards letters through search
  • women; letters sent under cover to search