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Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Cary Nicholas, 9 August 1815

To Wilson Cary Nicholas

Monticello. Aug. 9. 15.

Dear Sir

I duly recieved your two favors of the 3. & 6th. I was engaged in the moment in preparing some necessary orders before my departure to see my brother, and could not therefore immediately answer them. the circumstances respecting Appleton, and my particular connection with them I knew must be unknown to you & of course could not be under your view in asking my interference. I do not yet know whether he has obtained the change of1 consulship he desired, but should that have taken place my letter to the President will have placed before him the considerations which might lead to the appointment of your son.

I learnt on the 6th for the first time the imminent danger in which my brother was, and never till the day before that had any suspicion that he had made any disposition of his estate but by a will in my possession. I put into the hands of one of his sons a paper which if executed might have set all to rights. but they failed to use it. I set out early on the 7th to see him, but at Scott’s ferry met the news of his death, and returned. some members of his family had behaved very undutifully to him, and under the impressions from that he must have been led to the act which involves, I fear, the whole in ruin. I expect to go to the President’s with my daughter the day after tomorrow and to return on Monday, within two or three days after which I shall set out for Poplar Forest, and shall have the pleasure of seeing you for a moment on my way, if at home. Accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Govr Nicholas”; endorsed by Nicholas. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

1Preceding two words interlined in place of “new.”

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; consul at Leghorn search
  • Jefferson, Randolph (TJ’s brother); death of search
  • Jefferson, Randolph (TJ’s brother); TJ to visit search
  • Jefferson, Randolph (TJ’s brother); will of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and R. Jefferson’s will search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with R. Jefferson search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Montpellier (Madison family estate) search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); letters of recommendation to search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); TJ plans visit to search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); visitors to search
  • Nicholas, Robert Carter (ca.1788–1856); seeks consular appointment search
  • Nicholas, Robert Carter (ca.1788–1856); TJ’s recommendation of search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); letters to search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); requests letter of recommendation for R. C. Nicholas search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); TJ plans visit to search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); plans visit to Montpellier (Madison family estate) search