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John Wayles Eppes to Thomas Jefferson, 26 September 1813

From John Wayles Eppes

Mill Brook Sep. 26th1 1813

Dear Sir,

I met with Doctr Flood at Buckingham court house on the second monday of the present month. From him I had the pleasure of hearing you were in good health and that a letter from you to me had been put into the mail at his Fathers on that morning—The letter has not been received and I am unable to account for its failure—Even if it had gone on to Richmond it ought to have reached me on Tuesday last—

From Mr Holcombes being called out with the militia Francis left Lynchburg rather sooner than I had expected—I have preferred keeping him at home to sending him back during the sickly season—He was just prepared to visit you previous to his return to school when the heavy Rains and rise of water courses induced me to detain him a week—Nothing but the uncertainty whether he would find you in Bedford or at Monticello prevented my sending him up in August, as he might at that time have passed several weeks with you without postponing the period of his return to school—

The account of commodore Perrys success on the Lake reached us by the mail last Evening. It will have a happy effect on public sentiment which has been greatly depressed by our various misfortunes.

The late Rains have produced great injury on the branches of Roanoke. I have not heard from the main river but the whole crop of every description is destroyed on Staunton

Present me to the family and accept for your health and happiness every wish

from yours sincerely.

Jno: W: Eppes

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 27 Sept. 1813 and so recorded in SJL.

doctr Joel Walker Flood’s fathers establishment was the Buckingham County ordinary of Henry Flood (H. Edgar Hill, “Descendants of John Flood” [2005 typescript in ViCMRL]; Eclectic Repertory, and Analytical Review, Medical and Philosophical 1 [1811]: 518). The staunton River is the name given to the section of the Roanoke River that flows from what later became the city of Roanoke to Clarksville.

1Reworked from “27th.”

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  • Buckingham County, Va.; Flood’s ordinary search
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  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); TJ’s relationship with search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); letters from search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); on War of1812 search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Flood, Henry; and letters for J. W. Eppes search
  • Flood, Joel Walker search
  • Flood’s ordinary (Buckingham Co.; proprietor Henry Flood) search
  • Holcombe, Thomas Anderson; militia service of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with grandchildren search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; good health of search
  • Lake Erie; O. H. Perry’s naval victory on search
  • Perry, Oliver Hazard; wins battle on Lake Erie search
  • War of1812; O. H. Perry’s victory on Lake Erie search
  • weather; effect on crops search
  • weather; rain search