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Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, 27 November 1816

To Thomas Mann Randolph

Poplar Forest Nov. 27. 16.

Dear Sir

The bearer mr George Flower is an English gentleman farmer, on a tour of the US. to look for a settlement for his family and friends. he was the travelling companion of mr Birkbeck thro’ France in the tour we possess, and brings me letters from M. de la Fayette and de Lasteyrie who speak in the highest terms of his worth. he is well informed of the affairs of Europe, and particularly of England, on [w]hich he will give you much information. besides examining our soil, climate and other circumstances, he wishes to become acquainted with that scale of farming which experience has proved to us best adapted to the particular circumstances of the country. for this I recommend him to your attention particularly, and assure you that in return for any information you may give him you will have a rich return from his fund. I hope to find him at Monticello, for which the rain having now ceased, we shall set out in two or three days, and be six days on the road. I salute you affectionately

Th: Jefferson

RC (PHarH); mutilated at fold; addressed (hole in manuscript): “Colo Thomas M. Randolph in his absence t[o] be opened by mrs Randolph or Th: J. Randolph. Monticello by mr Flower”; endorsed by T. M. Randolph: “Thos Jefferson Dec. 1816”; with penciled note in unidentified hand on address leaf: “Presented by N. P. Trist to David McConkey together with a lock of hair Cut fm head of Mr. Jefferson the day of his death.”

Index Entries

  • Birkbeck, Morris; Notes on a Journey through France search
  • Flower, George; introduced to TJ search
  • Flower, George; TJ introduces search
  • Flower, George; U.S. tour of search
  • Flower, George; visits Monticello search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; introduces G. Flower search
  • Lasteyrie-Dusaillant, Charles Philibert, comte De; introduces G. Flower search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Visitors to; Flower, George search
  • Notes on a Journey through France (M. Birkbeck) search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); letters to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); TJ introduces G. Flower to search
  • weather; rain search