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Thomas Jefferson to Horatio G. Spafford, 16 December 1814

To Horatio G. Spafford

Monticello Dec. 16. 14.

Dear Sir

By the condition of the roads and repeated abandonments of the mail by the way your favor of Nov. 25. did not come to hand until it was certain from it’s contents, you had left Washington. I have delayed acknoleging it therefore till you might have reached Albany, and indeed the only object of doing it thus late is to express my regret at not having had the pleasure of recieving you here, which would have been a gratification. for as to public affairs I am entirely withdrawn from every degree of intermedling with them, and almost of reading or thinking of them. my confidence in those at the helm is so entire, as to satisfy me without enquiry that they are going right; and I prefer reading the histories of other times, which furnish amusement without anxiety. writing too is becoming laborious to me & irksome so that I go to the writing table with reluctance. retaining however my esteem and gratitude for those whose good will has been so kindly bestowed upon me, I acknolege yours particularly and tender you my best prayers for your health & prosperity

Th: Jefferson

RC (NjMoHP: Lloyd W. Smith Collection); signature, clipped, supplied from PoC, with adjacent note initialed by Spafford on RC: “I permitted J Cook to cut out this Name, as he wished to preserve a specimen of the Autography”; addressed: “Mr Horatio G. Spafford, Albany”; franked; postmarked Milton, 25 Dec.; with notes by Spafford on address cover giving, presumably, the date that this letter was received, 5 Jan. 1815, the dates of two of Spafford’s later letters to TJ, 23 Jan. and 15 Feb. 1815, the cryptic notation “2 W.C.” [Wheel Carriages?], and his calculation that Samuel Williams was seventy years old (see Spafford to TJ, 24 Feb. 1815). PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ. Mistakenly recorded in SJL as a letter of 10 Dec. 1814.

Index Entries

  • books; on history search
  • Cook, J.; clips TJ’s signature search
  • history; TJ on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; reading habits of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; TJ on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; retirement search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); presidency of search
  • Spafford, Horatio Gates; letters to search
  • Spafford, Horatio Gates; TJ regrets canceled visit of search
  • Williams, Samuel (1743–1817); age of search