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John Wayles Eppes to Thomas Jefferson, 2 April 1810

From John Wayles Eppes

Washington April 2. 1810.

Dear Sir,

Since Mr Carr left us I have been confined at least two thirds of my time—I am at present confined to my room—During the whole winter I have been subject to relapses more or less violent and life at times has been felt almost as a burthen of which I would be willing on any terms to be released—My complaint has in every attack been confined to the same knee—which was for the first time attacked last fall—

Our prospects here brighten although from the proceedings of Congress it could never be discovered—Sanguine hopes appear to be entertained by the members of the Executive department that Mr Pinkney will conclude an arrangement with Wellesley not differing from Erskines except that Holland is to be considered as a dependence of France—This idea has suspended all the proceedings of Congress and we shall neither adjourn or change our position until we hear from Europe—

I shall not wait for the rising of Congress but ask leave of absence in 10 or twelve days, say from the 15th of april—at what time do you propose coming to Eppington—I feel most dreadfully anxious to see Francis, and should deeply regret being absent when you arrive—I shall go to North Carolina & could wish so to arrange my trip that I shall not miss the happiness of seeing you, a pleasure which I fear I shall rarely know after the termination of the chancery suit—accept for your happiness every wish & assurances of sincere attatchment—

Yours sincerely

Jno: W: Eppes

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); endorsed by TJ as received 15 Apr. 1810 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Carr, Dabney (1773–1837) (TJ’s nephew); mentioned search
  • Congress, U.S.; adjourns search
  • Congress, U.S.; and foreign affairs search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); relationship with father search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); and Gilliam v. Fleming search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); illness of search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); letters from search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); travels to N.C. search
  • Eppington (Eppes’s Chesterfield Co. estate); and F. Eppes search
  • Erskine, David M.; agreement with U.S. search
  • France; and Holland search
  • Gilliam v. Fleming; chancery case search
  • Pinkney, William; as U.S. minister to Great Britain search
  • The Netherlands; annexed to France search
  • United States; and Great Britain search
  • Wellesley, Richard Wellesley, Marquess; British foreign minister search