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Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, 21 January 1812

To Benjamin Rush

Monticello. Jan. 21. 12.

Dear Sir

As it is thro’ your kind interposition that two old friends are brought together, you have a right to know how the first approaches are made. I send you therefore a copy of mr Adams’s letter to me & of my answer. to avoid the subject of his family, on which I could say nothing, I have written him a rambling, gossiping epistle which gave openings for the expression of sincere feelings, & may furnish him ground of reciprocation, if he merely waited for the first declaration; for so I would construe the reserve of his letter. in the course of the spring I can have a good occasion of writing to him again, on sending him a law case of Livingston against myself, which having been dismissed out of court, for want of jurisdiction, remains unexplained to the world. this explanation I shall print for my own justification; and a copy may not be unamusing to one who is himself a profound lawyer. ever affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); addressed: “Doctr Benjamin Rush Philadelphia”; franked; postmarked Milton, 23 Jan. 1812; endorsed by TJ as a letter to Rush that was “returned to me after his death by his family.” PoC (DLC). Enclosures: (1) John Adams to TJ, 1 Jan. 1812. (2) TJ to Adams, 21 Jan. 1812. Enclosed in Richard Rush to TJ, 27 June 1813.

Index Entries

  • Adams, John; resumes correspondence with TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with J. Adams search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; statement on the batture case search
  • Rush, Benjamin; and resumption of correspondence between TJ and J. Adams search
  • Rush, Benjamin; letters to search
  • statement on the batture case (Thomas Jefferson); TJ publishes search