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Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 24 June 1816

To John Wayles Eppes

Poplar Forest June 24. 16.

Dear Sir

I am this moment arrived here with Ellen & Cornelia, and find Francis who arrived last night. I will take care and attend him to the Academy & see to every thing necessary for him. we will keep him with us as long as we stay (a week or 10. days) and rub him up in his French. I learn with great concern the state of your health, but can prescribe nothing but patience & the springs with good nursing & no Doctors. should you go to the springs, make this your resting place. mr Yancey will have you taken care of here. Francis tells me mr Baker would send his son as soon as he should know he could be recieved at the boarding house. no enquiry is necessary for this, as they have but 8. and could lodge twice as many. I will engage a reception for him immediately—subject to mr Baker’s determination whether he will send or not. Accept my prayers for your better health, and with my respects to mrs Eppes the assurance of my affectte attachment.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “J. W. Eppes”; endorsed by TJ. Mistakenly recorded in SJL in the column for letters received.

TJ’s granddaughters ellen W. Randolph (Coolidge) and cornelia J. Randolph accompanied him to Poplar Forest, where they joined their cousin francis Eppes, who soon would enroll at the nearby New London academy.

Index Entries

  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); and J. W. Baker’s education search
  • Baker, John Wayles (TJ’s grandnephew); education of search
  • Coolidge, Ellen Wayles Randolph (TJ’s granddaughter); visits Poplar Forest search
  • education; French language search
  • education; of J. W. Baker search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); and Poplar Forest search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, at New London Academy search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, TJ on search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); TJ’s relationship with search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); health of search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); letters to search
  • French language; study of search
  • health; and treatments search
  • health; and warm springs search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with grandchildren search
  • New London, Va.; academy at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ’s grandchildren visit search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); visitors to search
  • Randolph, Cornelia Jefferson (TJ’s granddaughter); visits Poplar Forest search
  • schools and colleges; New London Academy search
  • springs; therapeutic search
  • Yancey, Joel (d.1833); as superintendent of Poplar Forest search