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Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 12 September 1809

To James Madison

Monticello Sep. 12. 09.

Dear Sir

I had intended to have been with you before this, but my daughter, who wishes to pay her respects to mrs Madison & yourself at the same time, has been confined by the illness of her youngest child. he has been mending for some days, but slowly, & from the nature of his complaint (visceral) it will be some days yet before she can leave him. I think therefore, on the departure of our present company to take my journey to Bedford, from which I shall be returned in time to see you. I certainly shall not fail to be with you before your departure. I have another letter from Daschkoff. he is just recovering from a serious illness. I judge from his letter that he means to visit our quarter as soon as he is well enough to travel. Canning’s equivocations degrade his government as well as himself. I despair of accomodation with them, because I believe they are weak enough to intend seriously to claim the ocean as their conquest, and think to amuse us with embassies & negociations until the claim shall have been strengthened by time & exercise, and the moment arrive when they may boldly avow what hitherto they have only squinted at. Always Your’s with sincere affection

Th: Jefferson

RC (MiKV-M); at foot of text: “The President of the US.” PoC (DLC).

Martha Jefferson Randolph’s youngest child at this time was Benjamin Franklin Randolph.

Index Entries

  • Canning, George; TJ on search
  • Daschkoff, André; visits Monticello search
  • health; of TJ’s family search
  • Madison, Dolley Payne Todd (James Madison’s wife); and visit from TJ search
  • Madison, James; letters to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Visitors to; Daschkoff, André search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Randolph, Benjamin Franklin (TJ’s grandson); illness of search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); children of search