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Thomas Jefferson to Christopher Clark, 14 September 1815

To Christopher Clark

Poplar forest Sep. 14. 15

Dear Sir

I have to acknolege the reciept of your kind letter and meant on Sunday next to have the pleasure of calling on you; alone, as I then expected: but I am joined here by a couple of friends who wish to go on also to the Natural bridge. one of them, a mr Correa is one of the most learned men of the age, and particularly fond of botany; one of the best & plainest, unassuming men in the world. the other is mr Francis Gilmer, son of the late Dr Gilmer, who accompanies mr Correa for the benefit of the instruction he may get from him. they would be very glad to pass two days in exploring the botany of the peaks of Otter; and I have to ask your hospitality for them those two days. they will give you no trouble but of a morning & evening, as they will be out in their rambles all day. I shall go on to the bridge where they will join me. and from thence they go on Southwardly and I shall return by Petit’s gap. in these proposed movements of ours, we beg not interfere with your necessary business. I know that this is the season of the courts and that you are obliged to attend them. we shall dine at Liberty on Sunday and be with you in the evening in time for me to examine the grounds for measuring the height of the mountain. if I find them suitable I should bring proper instruments with me in October1 or November, and make the actual admeasurement then. I salute you with friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Christopher Clarke”; endorsed by TJ.

1TJ here canceled “&.”

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  • altitude; calculations for Peaks of Otter search
  • botany; study of search
  • Clark, Christopher Henderson; and height of Peaks of Otter search
  • Clark, Christopher Henderson; letters to search
  • Clark, Christopher Henderson; TJ introduces F. W. Gilmer to search
  • Clark, Christopher Henderson; TJ introduces J. Corrêa da Serra to search
  • Clark, Christopher Henderson; TJ visits search
  • Clark, Christopher Henderson; visitors to search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; introduced by TJ search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; travels with TJ search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; introduced by TJ search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; travels with TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; J. Corrêa da Serra search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Liberty search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Natural Bridge search
  • Liberty, Va.; taverns in search
  • Mount Prospect (Christopher Henderson Clark’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; visitors to search
  • Peaks of Otter, Va.; altitude of search
  • Peaks of Otter, Va.; botanical study of search
  • Petit’s Gap, Va.; on route to Natural Bridge search