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Thomas Jefferson to Isaac A. Coles, 8 January 1810

To Isaac A. Coles

Monticello Jan. 8. 10.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 5th came to hand last night. that of Dec. 29. had been recieved by the preceding post. Govr Lewis’s papers shall be disposed of as you desire. the prints in my bed chamber of the President’s house belong to the house. Claxton had procured & hung there those of Genl Washington & myself before I went there, & he afterwards added mr Adams’s at my request. your brothers Edward & John were here a few days ago. I think Edward had not then recieved the invitation from the President. all happens for the best. while your late affair with Nelson has covered him alone with reproach, it’s effect of bringing you home to your affairs & friends among whom you are to pass your days, will undoubtedly promote your happiness. the habits of a country life should not be too long postponed, nor the valuable affections of country society; & still more especially those connections without which man cannot be happy; and that by a very wise law of his nature. we shall certainly gain by your being restored to our neighborhood, and I hope you will consider Monticello as much a home as Enniscorthy. the military life in time of peace must be the most disagreeable possible. I know none but that of a monk which must present so much ennui. in the country, our occupations are so diversified, & so constantly presenting to us their results, that the mind is constantly employed either on objects present, or those in expectation. come then and see how much happier one is in being an active Agricole than a city lounger. present me affectionately to the President & mrs Madison, and accept especially for yourself the assurances of my constant attachment & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Isaac A. Coles”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Adams, John; print of search
  • Claxton, Thomas (d.1821); and President’s House search
  • Coles, Edward; as J. Madison’s secretary search
  • Coles, Edward; visits Monticello search
  • Coles, Isaac A.; and affair with Nelson search
  • Coles, Isaac A.; and TJ’s Washington effects search
  • Coles, Isaac A.; letters to search
  • Coles, John; visits Monticello search
  • Congress, U.S.; member of assaulted search
  • Enniscorthy (I. A. Coles’s Albemarle Co. estate) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; military life in peacetime search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; monastic life search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; rural life search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Portraits; at President’s House search
  • Lewis, Meriwether; papers of search
  • Madison, Dolley Payne Todd (James Madison’s wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Madison, James; and E. Coles search
  • Madison, James; greetings sent to search
  • military; in peacetime search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Visitors to; Coles, Edward search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Visitors to; Coles, John search
  • Nelson, Roger; assaulted by I. A. Coles search
  • paintings search
  • President’s House; presidential portraits search
  • Washington, George; print of search