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John Wayles Eppes to Thomas Jefferson, 8 January 1819

From John Wayles Eppes

Washington Jan. 8. 1819.

Dear Sir.

Tracy’s Political Economy & your Report on the University (which you were so good as to forward) have been received. As tokens of your continued friendly remembrance I look on them with great pleasure. The treatise of Tracy I had previously purchased & read & the Report on the subject of the University1 had been forwarded by a friend from Richmond. This continued devotion of your time and Talents to promote the interest of your fellow citizens must afford great pleasure to your friends.

The value of your present would have been greatly increased by a few lines stating the present condition of your health. I know however your labours in this way and hope that my not writing will be attributed to the real motive “a fear of increasing them”—

With every wish for your health I am with affection & respect. yours.

Jno: W: Eppes

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); endorsed by TJ as received 14 Jan. 1819 and so recorded in SJL.

Late in 1818 Eppes wrote to his son that TJ had sent him Destutt de tracy’s Treatise on Political Economy and the University of Virginia Commissioners’ Report, but he complained that with them TJ “did not however write a single line so that I know not how he is” (Eppes to Francis Eppes, Washington, 26 Dec. 1818 [NcD: Eppes Papers]).

1Manuscript: “Univesity.”

Index Entries

  • A Treatise on Political Economy (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; A Treatise on Political Economy search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); and TJ’s health search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); letters from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; illness of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Proceedings and Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia search
  • political economy; works on search
  • Proceedings and Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia (Thomas Jefferson); distributed by TJ search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; commissioners’ report search