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John G. Jackson to Thomas Jefferson, 4 December 1818

From John G. Jackson

Clarksburg Decr 4th 1818

Dear Sir,

I had learned through the public prints, & other channels of communication; of your recent severe, & alarming illness; & the deep distress I felt during all that period, having been succeeded by the fullness of joy, & thankfulness for your restoration to health: I cannot without committing1 violence to my feelings, refrain from expressing my sincere gratification at your recovery; & my fervent prayer,2 that your invaluable life, may be spared to your Country3 for many years—That we may enjoy the benefits of your continued usefulness—with the opportunities of testifying the sincerity of our affection, & veneration for you.

I am your mo. Obt Servt

J G Jackson

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 25 Dec. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Barnes, 14 Mar. 1819, on verso; addressed: “The Honble Thomas Jefferson Monticello near Charlottesville Virginia”; franked; postmarked Clarksburg, 7 Dec. Dft (InU: Jackson Collection); endorsed by Jackson: “JGJ to mr Jefferson} Copy 4 Decr 1818 Ansr enclosed.”

1Word interlined in Dft.

2Preceding seven words interlined in Dft in place of “& my unfeigned Wish.”

3Preceding two words interlined in Dft in place of “us.”

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