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Francis W. Gilmer to Thomas Jefferson, 13 November 1814

From Francis W. Gilmer

Washington Nov. 13th 1814.

Dear Sir.

I wrote to you from Richmond, soliciting a compliance with the promise which you were so kind as to make of a letter to Dr Wistar. The apprehension that my letter may not have reache[d] you, and the desire of making my visit to Philadelphia as pleasing, and as instructive as possible induce me to renew my applicatio[n] To which permit me to add, that nothing will give me more pleasure, than to be able to serve you in any manner whateve[r;] either during my journey with mr. Correa, or during my longer journey thro’ life. you have grown old in active service among men, & perhaps have found little to make you desirous of contracting new friendships; to me will belong hardly any thing else, than to reverence your memory, & be grateful for your past services. I wish that I may ever be able, to add any thing to your present happiness, or your future glory.

yours sincerely &c.

F. W. Gilmer

RC (MoSHi: Gilmer Papers); edge frayed, with missing text supplied from Richard Beale Davis, ed., Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson and Francis Walker Gilmer 1814–1826 (1946), 32; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Nov. 1814 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MoSW-M); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John McAllister (1753–1830), 24 Dec. 1814, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson esqr Monticello, near Milton Virginia” by “mail”; franked; postmarked Washington, 14 Nov.

Index Entries

  • Corrêa da Serra, José; friendship with F. W. Gilmer search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; friendship with J. Corrêa da Serra search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; letters from search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; offers assistance to TJ search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; requests letter of introduction search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; visit to Philadelphia of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction from search
  • Wistar, Caspar; TJ’s introduction of F. W. Gilmer to search