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Thomas Jefferson to Francis Eppes, 11 November 1814

To Francis Eppes

Poplar Forest Nov. 11.1 14.

My dear Francis

I arrived here a few days ago, and sent for you immediately and did not learn till the return of the messenger that your school had separated, and would not reassemble until after Christmas. as your father will probably be from home all that time, would it not be better that you should pass it at Monticello. in two month[s] we can advance you so much in French that you would be able to pursue it by yourself afterwards, and especially when aided by our occasional meetings at this place. on this subject consult with your Mama who will decide for you what is best, and to whom present my friendly respects. in the hope she will conclude in favor of your visit to Monticello I give you2 here the assurances of my love.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (CSmH: JF); edge trimmed; endorsed by TJ. Not recorded in SJL.

your mama: Francis Eppes’s stepmother, Martha Burke Jones Eppes.

1Reworked from “12.”

2Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • children; letters to; F. Eppes search
  • Christmas; and TJ’s grandchildren search
  • education; French language search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, at Monticello search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, in Lynchburg search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); letters to search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); TJ’s relationship with search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Eppes, Martha Burke Jones (John Wayles Eppes’s second wife); and F. Eppes search
  • Eppes, Martha Burke Jones (John Wayles Eppes’s second wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • French language; study of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with grandchildren search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); invitations to visit search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); schooling at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); invitations to visit search