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Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Cary Nicholas, 29 February 1816

To Wilson Cary Nicholas

Monticello Feb. 29. 16.

Dear Sir

As the outer letter may be to go into different hands I place in a separate one my thanks for your kind offer of the comfortable quarters of your house in the event of my acting as a Director of the public works. but at the age of 73. volunteer journies are out of the question. those to Bedford are of necessity. for them however I chuse my own time, am there with one or two nights only intervening, and the cavalcade now necessary for moving me is there also at home. whatever the young & robust may think, I am sure the old will excuse me. ever affectionately


Th: Jefferson

RC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by Nicholas. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; at foot of text: “Govr Nicholas”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to Nicholas, 29 Feb. 1816, first letter.

Index Entries

  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; aging search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; aging search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; travel search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Public Service; declines appointment as a director of public works search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and TJ’s appointment as director of public works search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); as Va. governor search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); letters to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search
  • Virginia; TJ appointed a director of public works in search