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George Flower to Thomas Jefferson, 6 August 1816

From George Flower

Mechanic Hall. New York Augt 6–1816.—

Dear Sir

I do not apologize altho’ an entire stranger to you for addressing you with the utmost simplicity & freedom.

Just arrived from England I am about to proceed through the United States in search of a healthy & pleasant spot, whereupon I may pursue Agriculture and enjoy the pleasures of domestic life, free’d from those anxieties that were once confined to commercial speculations but now unfortunately invade every rural retreat in England.

I reserve to myself the pleasure of presenting to1 you two letters, one from my good friend Lasteyrie (of Paris) & the other from La Fayette which they kindly sent me from france for the purpose of introducing me to you.

I am free to confess, that feeling myself rather perplexed to know what course exactly to pursue I am anxious for the assistance of your advice before I set out on my intended tour.

Trusting to your kindness to plead a sufficien[t] excuse for this hasty & abrupt communication permit me to subscribe myself, with the greatest

respect & sincerity your obdt Sert

George Flower

PS Letters address’d to me at Messrs Warder & Brothers Philadelphia I shall receive with certainty.
 If nothing extraordinary occurs, to prevent my intention, I mean to stop in the above mentioned City on Tuesday Night.

RC (MHi); edge trimmed; endorsed by TJ as received 16 Aug. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to David Gelston, 18 Oct. 1816, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticelo Virginia”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked New York, 7 Aug.

1Manuscript: “to to.”

Index Entries

  • Flower, George; introduced to TJ search
  • Flower, George; letter from search
  • Flower, George; U.S. tour of 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
  • Warder & Brothers (Philadelphia firm) search