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Thomas Lehré to Thomas Jefferson, 22 April 1813

From Thomas Lehré

Charleston Apr: 22d 1813

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 10th Inst. has just been handed to me, for which be pleased to accept my sincere thanks. I am happy to hear that Mr Eppes is elected a member of the 13th Congress, because, he will then have it in his power, by his great firmness and splendid talents, to aid our Government, in vindicating our honor and rights. The enemies of our present administration, and the British emmissaries among us, are continually amuseing us with the hopes of an armistice & mediation;—as we have been so often deceved by that base, and faithless nation Great Britain, I hope our Government will be very circumspect in its conduct towards her.1

I remain with the highest sentiments of esteem and respect,

Dear Sir Your very Obedt & Humble Servant

Thomas Lehré

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Tho: Jefferson late P. of the U.S.”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 May 1813 and so recorded in SJL.

In 1811 John Randolph of Roanoke held his seat in the United States House of Representatives against the challenge of TJ’s son-in-law John Wayles eppes. Eppes, who supported the war with Great Britain, then countered by defeating the anti-war Randolph in an April 1813 election for the 13th congress (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 14 Apr., 3, 12 May 1813).

1Lehré here canceled “and not.”

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  • Congress, U.S.; elections to search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); election of search
  • Great Britain; T. Lehré on search
  • Lehré, Thomas; letters from search
  • Lehré, Thomas; on Great Britain search
  • Lehré, Thomas; on J. W. Eppes’s election search
  • Randolph, John (of Roanoke); electoral defeat of search