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Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Cary Nicholas, 9 October 1816

To Wilson Cary Nicholas

Monticello Oct. 9. 16.

Dear Sir

I am very happy in any opportunity of endeavorin[g] to be useful to one of mrs Norton’s family, with whom I had great intimacy at that period of life when impressions are strongest & longest retained. I fear however that a birth in the offices at Washington will be uncertain. they are rarely vacated but by death. I have written however to the two heads of departments with whom I am more at ease in solliciting than with the others. these are the departments of war & state. but it will be necessary for you to furnish me with mr Armistead’s1 Christian name, which was not given in your letter. an increasing stiffness in the wrist, the effect of age & an antient dislocation begins to render the use of the pen painful [& s]low. I can therefore only add the pleasure with which I shall always see you at Monticello, and the hope that I may not be disappointed2 of it by my visit to Bedford, to which place I set out on the 19th to remain there a month or 6. weeks. Accept my friendly and respectful salutations.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Lafayette to TJ, 17 Feb. 1816; edge trimmed and damaged at seal, with some missing text rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Governor Nicholas”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ had dislocated his right wrist in 1786 while living in Paris (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 39 vols. description ends , 10:600).

1Manuscript: “Armstead’s.”

2Manuscript: “dispointed.”

Index Entries

  • aging; TJ on his own search
  • Armistead, William (ca.1773–1840); seeks federal appointment search
  • Crawford, William Harris; and appointments search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; TJ on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; aging search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; and wrist injury search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; aging search
  • Monroe, James; and appointments search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and appointment for W. Armistead search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); letters to search
  • Norton, Sarah Nicholas; family of search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search