Thomas Jefferson Papers

Peter Carr to Thomas Jefferson, 2 February 1815

From Peter Carr

Carr’s brook. Feb 2d 15—

My dear Sir

My inexorable rheumatism still confines me, and has for the last three weeks bound me hand and foot. A violent ague and fever superadded, has reduced me to a state of debility never before experienced. I am beginning today to take the warm bath, from which I hope for beneficial effects. If I weather this storm, I must endeavour to spend the next winter, in some milder climate. my Phisician recommends some tonic remedies—sound port or claret, or wine of that character. I have sent to Richmond for some, which has not yet arrived—if you have any such, I should in the mean time be much obliged by the favor of a couple of bottles. With the warmest affection.


Pr Carr

RC (ViU: TJP-CC); addressed: “Mr Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Feb. 1815 and so recorded in SJL.

Carr failed to weather this storm, dying at his Carr’s-brook home on 17 Feb. 1815 (DVB description begins John T. Kneebone and others, eds., Dictionary of Virginia Biography, 1998– , 3 vols. description ends ).

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