Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Wirt, 3 May 1811

To William Wirt

Monticello May 3. 11.

Th:J. to mr Wirt.

I have rejoiced to see Ritchie declare himself in favor of the President on the late attack against him, and wish he may do the same as to mr Gallatin. I am sure he would if his information was full. I have not an intimacy with him which might justify my writing to him directly, but the inclosed letter to you is put into such a form as might be shewn to him, if you think proper to do so. perhaps the facts stated in it, probably unknown to him, may have some effect. but do in this as you think best. be so good as to return the letter to Duane, being my only copy & to be assured of my affectionate esteem & respect.

PoC (DLC); dateline at foot of text. Enclosure: TJ to Wirt, 3 May 1811, and enclosure.

On 16 and 26 Apr. 1811 Thomas Ritchie declared his support for president James Madison in his newspaper, the Richmond Enquirer.

Index Entries

  • Enquirer (Richmond newspaper); and allegations against A. Gallatin search
  • Enquirer (Richmond newspaper); T. Ritchie as editor of search
  • Gallatin, Albert; and attacks in Enquirer search
  • Madison, James; supported by Enquirer search
  • Ritchie, Thomas; editor of Richmond Enquirer search
  • Wirt, William; letters to search