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George Watterston to Thomas Jefferson, 8 March 1816

From George Watterston

City of Washington March 8th 1816.

Dear Sir,

So far from considering your requests troublesome, I feel no little gratification in having it in my power to comply with them. I wish you to beleive that I esteem & respect you too much to regard any little service I can render the man, who has been so instrumental in ameleorating the condition of mankind & contributing to the happiness of his country, as troublesome or unpleasant—

I send you the epitaph you desire & beg you to accept the assurances of my respect.

Geo. Watterston

P.S. I have received the two vols of the Virginia laws & am happy to state that I was under a mistake in relation to Morris’1 Accounts—


RC (DLC); adjacent to full signature: “T. Jefferson Esqe”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Mar. 1816 and so recorded in SJL.

For the enclosed epitaph, see PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 38 vols. description ends , 27:673–5; Dabney Carr to TJ, 1 Dec. 1815, and note.

1Closing double quotation mark editorially altered to apostrophe.

Index Entries

  • A Statement of the Accounts of the United States (R. Morris) search
  • books; of state papers and public documents search
  • Carr, Dabney (1743–73) (TJ’s brother-in-law); TJ’s epitaph for search
  • Carr, Dabney (1773–1837) (TJ’s nephew); and father’s legacy search
  • Library of Congress; librarian for search
  • Morris, Robert (1735–1806); A Statement of the Accounts of the United States search
  • Virginia; TJ’s collection of laws of search
  • Watterston, George; as librarian of Congress search
  • Watterston, George; letters from search