Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Hoomes, 29 January 1801

From John Hoomes

Bowling Green Jany 29th. 1801

Dear Sir

Your esteemed favor of the 24th. Inst. came duly to hand, & on Saturday morning next, one of my servants shall set out with your horse, for the City of Washington. It is with great pain that I hear, congress seem determined to irretate the public mind as much as possible, if they had sumed up there whole powers of recollection, they could not have found three Subjects more irratable than those that have been lately & still are1 before them, (to witt) the attempt to defeat the election of President, the continuation of the Sedition law, & the rejection of the French Convention; what are we to expect from such representatives, & what do they deserve from their constituents, The people cannot long bear such neglect & contempt. I am dear Sir,

with great Esteem yr H obdt

John Hoomes

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 1 Feb. and so recorded in SJL.

In a letter to TJ of 30 Jan., Hoomes indicated that his servant James would deliver the horse and then return by stage. Hoomes added his wish to “Know whether the horse comes up to your expectation of him, & shall be very sorry if I am deceived in him… . The horse was not in good order when I got him he has mended much since but not fatt yet” (RC in MHi; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Feb. and so recorded in SJL).

1Preceding three words and ampersand interlined.

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