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Thomas Jefferson to Jonathan & Thomas Foster, 23 January 1810

To Jonathan & Thomas Foster

Monticello Jan. 23. 1810.

Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to Messrs J. & Thomas Foster for the Prospectus of their paper. he would willingly have become a subscriber, but that, attached to reading of a very different kind, & to other pursuits, he has ceased to read newspapers & consequently to subscribe for them. he prays them therefore to recieve this apology, with his best wishes for the success of their paper & their own welfare & prosperity.

PoC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ.

TJ dropped most newspapers after he left the presidency but continued to subscribe to a few, including the Philadelphia Aurora, the Richmond Enquirer, and the Washington National Intelligencer (TJ to William Duane, 11 Mar. 1809, TJ to James Madison, 31 Mar. 1809, TJ to Thomas Ritchie, 22 May 1809; MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1294).

Index Entries

  • Aurora (Philadelphia newspaper); TJ’s subscription to search
  • Enquirer (Richmond newspaper); TJ subscribes to search
  • Foster, Jonathan; letters to search
  • Foster, Jonathan & Thomas (Winchester firm); letters to search
  • Foster, Jonathan & Thomas (Winchester firm); Republican Constellation (Winchester newspaper) search
  • Foster, Thomas; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; reading habits of search
  • National Intelligencer (Washington newspaper); TJ subscribes to search
  • newspapers; Philadelphia Aurora search
  • newspapers; Winchester Republican Constellation search
  • Republican Constellation (Winchester newspaper) search
  • subscriptions, for publications; newspapers search
  • Winchester, Va.; Republican Constellation search