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Being appointed a committee of the NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY (instituted in the year 1804) for the collection of Manuscripts and scarce Books, relating to the History of this Country, and hoping that it may be in your power to aid our researches, and to contribute to our collection, we beg leave to subjoin an extract from the first Report of the Society, which will explain the object. It is...
I have committed to the Care of my young Friend M r Todd a small Present of which I must solicit your Acceptance not from any intrinsic Value in the thing itself, but as an Expression of my grateful, respectful and affectionate Recollection. It is a walking-Stick which appears to be of Tortoise shell but it is in Fact only that Substance moulded over a hickory Rod by a simple but ingenious...
M r Colclaser , the Miller at Shadwell , who is equally concern’d with me in that business, has received an advantageous offer from M r Philip Payne to superintend a Mill which he has lately erected on the waters of Roanoke , and wishes to be inform’d immediately, if he will accept it.— In consequence thereof he applied to me yesterday to know my intentions respecting Shadwell Mill ; but as...
Permit me, in the name of the Soci Connecticut Society for the encouragement of A merican Manufactures, to enclose to you their Address and Constitution. RC ( CSmH: JF-BA ); addressed: “The Hon, Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, Virginia”; franked; postmarked; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Mar. 1817 and so recorded in SJL . Enclosure: Address of the Connecticut Society for the Encouragement of...
By the ship Heroine Capt Smith for Boston , I have address’d to the care of mr. Dearborn , the collector, a bag containing about half a bushel of Lupinella grass-seed; requesting he would give it, the earliest conveyance to you.—it was my intention, to have sent it by a vessel bound to one of the southern ports, but having chang’d her destination for another part of Europe , I am compell’d to...
By referance to the acts concerning roads I find, that an application to the County Court to discontinue a road must be preceded by one month’s notice in some public paper and an advertisement at the door of the courthouse. See 1 Vol. R. Code p. 423 . Jeff. tells me this has not been done. I, therefore, thought it best to delay the application, RC ( MHi ); endorsed by TJ as received 6 Mar....
I had some years ago the pleasure of submitting to your inspection an humble attempt to note the sounds of the English Language which was favorably received. Since that period I have removed from Boston and become an inhabitant of Ohio . The perusal of an editorial article in our republican paper of this day prompts me to request that I may be permitted to lay before you (with the utmost...
M r Ro Walsh J r has the honor to present to M r Jefferson the volume sent herewith , presuming that the scientific and literary intelligence which it Contains, may be of interest to one, who embraces so large a portion of human knowledge in the range of his enquiry. RC ( DLC ); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq re ”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Mar. 1817 and so...
During the late session of congress M r Timms, the assistant doorkeeper to the Senate became so frequently intoxicated that the Senate came to a resolution to elect another in his place. the resolution however, was laid on the table, and kept as a rod over him the remaining part of the session. I was an applicant for his place, and put my papers in the hands of Gov. Barbour where they remained...
I had the pleasure to receive your esteemed favor of the 5th current , this morning, enclosing one to Col o Randolph —upon enquiry I find from the time he left here, he must have reached Monticello the day after the date of your letter, I will therefore preserve this communication until I receive your farther instruction.— I have a particular friend and companion about to set out on a Tour of...
I beg leave to make known to you my freind Doctor Watkins of Tennessee who has purchased a farm near you & is about to become your neighibour—He is a gentleman of fine talents & high respectability & worthy of your attention—I shall be obliged by any services you may render him—Please to accept assurances of the respect & esteem of your most ob t Hble Ser RC
Since I had the pleasure of seeing you, I have communicated with M r Colclaser on the subject of paying a Flour Rent for the Mill, for a new Lease—he says—no Miller can afford to give the Rent which we are now paying, and declines a concern in it on the terms of the present year—I wish however to continue the business, and as I shall be satisfied with a moderate profit, I will take the liberty...
By request of the Mineralogical Committee of the New-York Historical Society, I have the honour to forward to you a notice of their intention to form a collection of the minerals and fossils of the United States . The object of this undertaking being of great public utility, they trust that it will meet with general encouragement. Allow me, Sir, in their behalf, to request of you such...
T he Mineralogical Committee of the New-York Historical Society, having by their order prepared an apartment for the purpose of receiving and displaying a collection of the minerals and fossils of the United States , beg leave to communicate to the public the arrangements that have been made, and the further claims of the Society to the patronage of the friends of science. The progress of the...
In behalf of the New-York Historical Society , I beg leave to solicit your assistance toward the formation of a Zoological Museum. For the purpose of becoming more extensively and intimately acquainted with the animal creation, a plan has been digested for collecting specimens and productions from the different tribes. These it is intended to preserve and arrange in an apartment allotted for...
In answer to your orders , I direct to you this day, per schooner Astrea , bound to Richmond , as will appear to you in the herein inclosed bill of lading, a box the direction of which is: Thomas Jefferson , Esq re Monticello , Milton V a , Care of Mess. Gibson & Jefferson , Richmond V
O n my arrival from Washington I found your favor of the 20 th Feb y I am sorry to inform you the two boxes of Wine have not as yet come to hand perhaps they have taken a rong direction as I cannot get any tidings of them in this place   If you know the name of the Vessel they were shipt in, from Charleston , be so good as to acquaint me or if you think it necessary I will advertise them as...
I have already acknowledged the receipt of your last obliging favours.— I beg you to inform me whether you ever had any children besides M rs Eppes & M rs Randolph —what are the ages of these ladies—and how many children they have and all their names?— What Literary and other societies you may be a member of in this & other countries? or what societies you have been a member of? Where were you...
I am favord this morning with yours of the 11th Current — I have searched the City for the best Velvet Corks, & have succeeded in procuring the six Gross wished of excellent quality, which shall be forwarded by tomorrow’s stage, to the address of M r Vest Milton — I wrote you a few days since on the subject of M r Preston —I hope you may find it convenient to comply with my request— I have...
I did myself the pleasure to address you a few days since on the subject of your wine from Charleston I was then under the impression they were missing but I have this morning had the satisfaction to learn from our Collector that the two boxes in question was put on board of the sloop Antelope Capt Laurence for Richmond on the 22 d Feb y , to be deliverd to your friends Mess rs
Your note in bank for $2000. falling due the 4 th of next month I send you the inclosed for your signature—With great respect I am RC ( MHi ); between dateline and salutation: “Thomas Jefferson Esq re ”; endorsed by TJ as received 31 Mar. 1817 and so recorded in SJL ; with TJ’s notes (one word illegible) for his 1 Apr. 1817 reply on verso: “note wine molasses boo k s. sell flour.” Enclosure...
Some recent reports, not correct, as they respect myself, in relation to my pretensions to the mill scite at Milton , have induced me again to address you on that subject. It is not a fact, that I have determined to postpone the prosecution, of what I consider a legal & just claim, untill your death. It is not a fact, that I either dread you, as an opposing litigant, or fear the severest...
I have maturely consider’d the contents of your letter of the 15 th instant, which I received on the day of its date— I do not hesitate to acknowledge that I am very desirous to retain the Mill , and, far from wishing you to make any sacrifice of Rent, I feel most sincerely disposed to pay a Rent fully adequate to all the advantages which its situation offers—From the former amount of mony...
The time has at length arrive when the situation of my family requires that I should indeavour to get a home my three sons haveing now arrive to an age and size necessary to commence the maner of labour by which they must get their living I must really declare that nothing but necessaty induceis me to Proceede in the undertaking which I now think of ingageing with my intention is to indeavour...
I am raeley sorry to inform You, I fear I have sold my corn two close, I regret very much I had not of kept for You, the eighty Barrells You named to me but M. Bacon informed me, You was fully supplied, RC ( ViU: TJP-ER ); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Mar. 1817 and so recorded in SJL .
yours of the 11 th Came to hand on the 22 th and I am hapey to heare from you this Day I have Shiped on Board of the Slope Hope Capt Lawrance a Small Ball Baill of Corks Which hopes Will Come Safe and Please you Did Say whether them that I Sent in Dec mr Came or not I have Been Very Lame all thes Winter but now the Warm Weather Coming on I am in Hopes of Getting Better I intend
Although I have not the honor of a personal Acquaintance with you, yet I trust you will excuse the liberty I take in introducing to your Acquaintance the Bearer M r Benjamin O. Tyler . M r Tyler resided at this Place a considerable part of last year in the Capacity of Professor of Penmanship. The improvements which he has made in the Art of writing, and the success which has attended him as an...
I take the liberty of inclosing—the Messenger of this Town, 24 th as it contains,—two—interesting— Prothetic letters, of the late President Adams in 1756.—to the late Judge Cushing (—then Brother school master,)—will, I am sure please you—his friend Dalton was I presume—a Branch—if not the very man—the good & worthy—but unfortunate T: Dalto n late of the City of washington whose former...
I have received your letter of the 10 th March and shall not fail, without some unforeseen obstacle to attend the meeting, you propose, of the Visitors for the establishment of the College in the neighbourhood of Charlottesville . I accept your polite invitation—and will be at Monticello on Monday the 7 of April. I have been long desirous to obtain some of your Marseilles fig—and send the...
Some days ago I sent to you a treatise on Canals compiled at the request of the Canal Commissioners of this State. I now forward all the reports &c. which relate to the contemplated Erie & Champlain Canals & which will give you a full & commanding view of the whole field of enquiry, with the addition of a map of this State in order to supply the want of a topographical map in the case of the...
I have receiv’d your note together with the Bill mentiond , to which I will give the attention you require, & shall be glad to see you here to dinner the day after tomorrow, I have been in a bad state of Health for some time past, but am rather better today than usual— The large potatoes you gave me turn’d out very well, I send you in return seven that was produced from seed that came from the...
The Familiarity of this address you will readily excuse as you are aware that without personal acquaintce one can esteem in the highest degree from a knowledge of Character Talent & virtues. and altho distance has prevented any personal Interview with you I assure you of my high esteem for you, from an intimate knowledge of your Character as president your public Speeches to Congress and many...
The bearers of this, James Bradley and Edward Ancel are the undertakers of my building—the former a Carpenter—the latter a bricklayer—I have resolved on the plan you were good enough to present me and for which I return you my Sincere thanks—You were kind enough to accompany the plan with a Suggestion that it would be well for my workmen to See your building and receive such verbal...
I have had a good hunt for among my papers for Main ’s recipe for the preparation of Haws: and at length, after almost despairing, have found it in the midst of a small volume of extracts from Brown ’s Rural Affairs. I now send it to you, agreeably to your desire.    I am, dear sir, very respectfully & truly yours RC ( ViU: TJP-PC ); endorsed by TJ as received 8 Apr. 1817 and so recorded in...
I have rec d your packet enclosing a letter to Maj r Watson , & a communication to M r D. Minor . I will take care to send the letter to Maj r Watson by a special messenger, as I feel greatly interested in the success of the central college , & if his health will permit I know he will attend: but I hear that he has been a good deal confined of late by the Rheumatism—
As I have nothing—deserving your attention—to communicate, I rather Should deem it improper to answer Your favour of the 16 with which I was honoured, was it not—that your courtesy imposed upon me a duty—to free you from an error which caused you some concern—not that I am apprehensive—that you had any thing to fear from a clamorous rabble of ignorant—bitter bigots—as I would do you the...
I have purchased for you, a barrel of Wine two years old.—I think it much better than the barrel I sent M r Eppes —I shall forward it by the first opportunity to Richmond —I hope it may not be adulterated, as the Waggonners sometimes take the liberty of playing tricks with articles of this kind, confided to their care,— It will not be necessary to give M r Gibson any instructions about a draft...
I have written to M r Harrison for his permission to print the work of Col. Byrd , that I Sent you, I have no doubt he will consent to it, I am satisfied your wishes will be conclusive, & that the family of Col. Byrd will be highly gratified. When I received your answer to my application about the consulate at Leghorn for my son, I at once abandoned all thoughts of it, as nothing can induce me...
I have the pleasure to inform you that M r G. Divers has several prime Muttons but no Veal, I shall send out this morning else where, should I succeede it will give me infinite pleasure to furnish you— Suffer me also to inform you that thire is a Machine come to this place yesterday that shaves a Side of leather with greate virility say Half a Minute which there is a patton for, the Stranger...
Dans 2 ou 3 semaines je dois partir pour l’ Europe , où je compte rester plusieurs mois. si je puis vous y être utile à quelque chose vous pouvez compter sur mon zèle et mon exactitude. Mes affaires seront continuées pendant mon absence par mon ami Mr. J. Laval qui a bien voulu s’en charger. Vous pouvez, en toute confiance, vous adresser à lui pour toutes les mêmes choses pour lesquelles vous...
I take the liberty to send you the inclosed paper , by which you will see, the portentious state of the British Government & Nation. My letters from London , speak confidently of an approaching crisis.— P.S. You know the influence & connections of the Marquis of Wellesly —note his speech.— RC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ as received 14 Apr. 1817 and so recorded in SJL . RC (
Your communication of March the 10 th concerning a meeting of the visitors of a College to be established near Charlottesville , came duly to hand; as also a duplicate , with your note of March the 30 th . It would give me very great pleasure to meet the other visitors at Monticello , agreeably to your polite invitation; & I hoped, till very lately, that I should be able to do so. But my...
I now enclose you a copy of the morgage, and to m r Short , from which you can be so good as to draw the deed of release from m r Short to me and at same time enclose it to him for him to do the needful and return to you, to be recorded in Court, I am raily sorry to give you so much trouble about this business RC ( MHi ); endorsed by TJ as received 14 Apr. 1817 and so recorded in SJL . RC ( MHi
Your letter of 3 rd ultimo, with an inclosed catalouge of Books , together with a model of a plough was duly received—Permit me in behalf of our agricultural Society to return you their sincere thanks and most grateful acknowledgments for your politeness and attention to them—Your letter was read to the Society and it was unanimously ordered to be inscribed into the books of the society—The...
Je suis désolé de la négligence de mon relieur, et pour la réparer complètement, je vous prie de me renvoyer le volume afin que j’en fasse relier un exactement de la même manière. En attendant vous pourrez vous servir de celui que je vous adresse et qui ne sera rendu que lorsque le vôtre vous sera parvenu. Les autres méprises seront réparées de même, si vous voulez avoir la bonté de le mettre...
The proof herewith Sent is taken in a rough manner as there was not time to have it properly Chased up and leaded without delaying to an other post day but as it can be leaded and justified after it is corrected I trust you will excuse the haste RC ( DLC ); dateline at foot of text, with “ M Thos: Jefferson Esqr” above that; endorsed by TJ as received 14 Apr. 1817 and so recorded in SJL ....
Having been detained in Washington untill the 6th. inst. I did not reach home till Tuesday night, and of course too late to comply with the arrangement notified in yours of the 10th. March by Bizet. I take for granted that the other Visitors met, and that for the present at least my attendance will not be needed. As it has always been our purpose to pay a visit to Monticello at no distant day...
Having been detained in Washington untill the 6 th inst. I did not reach home till Tuesday night, and of course too late to comply with the arrangement notified in yours of the 10 th March by Bizet . I take for granted that the other Visitors met, and that for the present at least my attendance will not be needed. As it has always been our purpose to pay a visit to Monticello at no distant day...
Con altra mia del decorso anno le annunziai la morte dell’ottimo , e bravo Sig. Filippo Mazzei della di cui ultime volontà fui nominato io Esecutore nel suo testamento; Presi nel tempo stesso la libertà di farle presente la situazione poco felice in cui quell’Uomo troppo amico degli Uomini aveva lasciate le cose sue economiche, e la necessità in cui trovavasi la sua unica Figlia , ed Erede di...
To impress a feature of recollection, that cannot be blotted from existance, a stranger, and a foreigner begs leave to realize this feeling, by being admitted to your presence independant of The high admiration, that republicans reject, your Excellency will permit me to Join in the homage the world pay s you— RC ( MHi ); partially dated at foot of text; addressed: “To his Excellency—Tho s...