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To Thomas Jefferson from Meriwether Lewis, 10 April 1801

From Meriwether Lewis

City of Washington, Apl. 10th. 1801

Dear Sir

Enclosed1 is a letter which was this morning handed me by the Secretary at War. Genl. Smith arrived last evening, his election has succeeded without opposition.

There not being any thing material to detain me longer at this place, I shal set out for Virginia the 12th. inst.: my horse from his lameness is unable to travel, I shall therefore take the advantage of the stage as far as Richmond; perhaps my journey may not be extended further, in which case, I shall leave that place the 23d. on my return hither. Should it be in my power to visit my friends in Albemarle, I shall be at Monticello by the 20th. inst.

Accept assurances of the sinceer regard & attatchment of—Your Most Obt. & very Humble Sert.

Meriwether Lewis

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson. President of the U States”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 Apr. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not identified; according to SJL, TJ received 28 letters on 16 Apr. in addition to the one above, none of them directly from Henry Dearborn.

1MS: “Enclclosed.”

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