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Thomas Jefferson to Samuel H. Smith, 6 August 1810

To Samuel H. Smith

Monticello Aug. 6. 10.

Dear Sir

I inclose you a letter from Dr Barton to myself, with a note from him expressing a wish it might appear in your paper; which wish he repeated verbally in a visit he paid me lately. as there seems to be a dearth of news at present, perhaps it may be as acceptable to your readers as any thing else: but of this you are to judge for yourself. I am in arrears with you for the last year. if you will be so good as to note the sum to me it shall be remitted or paid here to your agent if you have one here.

Should leisure or health induce mrs Smith & yourself to travel this season I shall hope it will be in this direction, where we shall all be very happy to see you. I have made no progress this year in my works of ornament; having been obliged to attend first to the Utile. my farms occupy me much, & require much to get them under way. present me affectionately & respectfully to mrs Smith and accept assurances of the same sentiments towards yourself.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Henley Smith Papers); several words mutilated at seal supplied from PoC; addressed: “Mr Samuel H. Smith Washington”; franked and postmarked; endorsed by Smith, in part: “Answd Sep. 11 1810 & enclosed Dr Barton’s letter.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: Benjamin Smith Barton to TJ, 13 July 1810.

The enclosed note from Barton has not been found. TJ’s account for the Washington National Intelligencer remained in arrears until 1813, when he sent $25 to Smith’s successors, Joseph Gales and William Seaton (TJ to Patrick Gibson, 6 Oct. 1813).

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  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Visitors to; Barton, Benjamin Smith search
  • National Intelligencer (Washington newspaper); TJ forwards letter for publication in search
  • National Intelligencer (Washington newspaper); TJ’s account with search
  • Seaton, William Winston; editor of Washington National Intelligencer search
  • Smith, Margaret Bayard (Samuel H. Smith’s wife); visits Monticello search
  • Smith, Samuel Harrison; letters to search
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