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Those Interested are about to Petition the next Legislature for a Road from this to Normonds ford on the Rapp k I have had a person out the Two last weeks getting Signers in at the last Culpepper and Fauq. Courts &Ct and he has obtained Some hundreds, I Intend to wait on the assembly myself—will you do me the favor to Cover to me in
The situation in which I left your dear Mama makes me very anxious to hear of her during my stay here. uncertain whether this may not find her in bed, I address it to you to pray you to write me a line letting me know how she is. if it is done, on the reciept of this letter and put immediately into the post office of Charlottesville , it will still find me here. direct to me at Poplar Forest...
J’ai l’honneur de vous adresser par le Courrier d’Aujourd’hui un petit paquet contenant “le traite élementaire de la Morale & du Bonheur.” S’il arrivait que ce ne fut l’ouvrage que vous attendez, je vous prie d’ avoir la bonté de me le renvoyer. Aussitôt que l’ “American brewer & Malster” paraîtra je m’empresserai de vous le faire parvi parvenir . By today’s mail I have the honor of sending...
I have written to ask the favor of mr Halcomb to permit your cousin Baker and yourself to come and pass tomorrow and next day with me here. I send horses for you both, and will send you back on Monday morning. I left your aunt and cousins well at Monticello , and in the hope of seeing you here this evening, I remain affectionately PoC ( CSmH : W. J. Rheese Papers); endorsed by TJ. Eppes’s aunt...
We have the honor to acknowledge your favor of the 20th ult o which came duly to hand; and subsequently thereto we rec d from M r P. Gibson of Richmond $25 on your account, which sum pays your subscription to Oct 31. 1813 .—In furnishing your bill we had reference only to the newspaper acc t not understanding that you wished a statement of your printing acc t
Presuming that Saturdays & Sundays are vacation days at your school I ask the favor of you to permit my grandson Francis Eppes and his cousin Baker to pass them with me at this place. they shall be returned again on Monday morning. and as I shall have to ask the same favor of you again at the end of the ensuing week which I shall stay here, I will conform exactly to the hours of sending for...
I was favored with your accompaniement to my thoughts on banking & have reason to believe that Treasury notes will be issued to a larger Amount—The Banks here took them as Cash for a subs n to Gov ts Loan, as they were glad to obtain them— The enclosed Pet n is rapidly signing & the Corporation is anxious to have the Bank. in Hamburgh a similar bank pays 150000 Crowns to the State see Adam...
To the Honourable the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Pennsylvania . MERCHANTS and monied men have obtained Charters for numerous Banks, to facilitate negotiations and to increase profits; but hitherto the Necessitous , who are compelled to borrow small sums for immediate relief, have been left, unregarded, to the mercy of Extortioners. The wife, whose husband lays on the...
By this day’s stage I send you a small Box that has been sent to my care from J. Milligan & Co of Geo. Town . Wishing it safe to hand RC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ as received 13 Dec. 1813 and so recorded in SJL .
A change for the worse, in the aspect of our political Parties, within twenty years, cannot, I think, have escaped your observation.— Instead of a close adherence & frequent recurrence to first principles, as the invariable Standard by which men & measures should be tried, party has more & more assumed the character of personal Factions. measures are supported or opposed, with little regard,...
Being so much more within writing distance here than at Monticello , and with time freer from interruption, I avail myself of it to renew to you the assurances of my constant friendship, and my wishes for your health and happiness. and as brother Jonathan must have become stale and lost his powers of excitement, I send you a little work of a higher order to make you laugh on a gloomy day. it...
At a time when our enemy has avowed his intention to prosecute the war with the utmost rigor against our towns, villages, and citizens , it becomes the duty of every American to aid his Government in repelling them. I shall not be deterred by one disaster from respectfully submitting a plan, which I shall, I trust, demonstrate would completely banish them from our waters. Indeed, I am about...
MS ( DLC : TJ Papers , 200:35536); entirely in Cooper’s hand; undated.
I have taken the Liberty of sending you a paper, which contains the a sketch of the life & Character of the late Peter Freneau Esq r — His name will be long revered and remb remembered by your Political friends in this State. I congratulate you and our Country on on the brilliant successes of our arms both by sea and by
The enclosed was written before my late visit to Albemarle , and detaind in consequence of it, to be deliverd in person, but afterwards forgotten and left here. I need not add my sincere desire that you will have the goodness to decide the question to which it relates. we have nothing from abroad, immediately, concerning our own affairs; and no new light as to the result, of the great battles,...
Lieutenants Fawcett , and Dickonson beg leave to return to their kind thanks to M r Jefferson for the attention shewn them while at Charlottesville ; and whould have done themselves the honor of waiting upon him, had time permitted— RC ( MHi ); in an unidentified hand; addressed (edge trimmed): “Thomas Jefferson Esq ue Monticello
Your favor of the 15 th is recieved, notifying me that the Directors of the Rivanna company have had under consideration the bill respecting the navigation of our river, that they have decided unanimously that the passage of that law as it was amended by the Senate , would comprehend every object of their petition to the last assembly , and that they propose to petition that the bill, as...
Shortly after my return the 5 th ins t from the judicial labours of the fall circuit I addressed a note to the manufacturer of y r merino wool urging the completion of the fabric and desiring to know when I might expect it—he returned the answer enclosed—which is not satisfactory as to the time of finishing it but I hope we shall be able to send it to you by your nephew Judge Carr who intends...
I received with all imaginable Gratitude your Letter from monticello but confess I am Embarrassed by the Condescension on your part in writing it—you have taken however the favorable side to me and relieved me from the apprehension that what was most respectfully designed to Amuse a Vacant half hour might be Construed into a presumption which I was not justified in—no monk ever read any of the...
The omission of the affidavit to my bill v. Michie was from want of reflection and recollection. I know that in a suit at Common law where depositions are desired lest the witnesses should die before trial, an affidavit is always required and altho ours is a different case, yet it was not worth while to run any risk for want of a mere formality. I have therefore prepared an affidavit stating...
I had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 7. by the last mail enclosing twenty dollars, my fee in the certiorari case of Michie , in the Albemarle Circuit court —. I was very sorry to hear that indisposition had deprived us of the pleasure of seeing you, at Charlotte’sville — I hope when at Charlottesville hereafter, I shall have it in my power, to avail my self of your polite...
I cannot appease my melancholly commiseration for our Armies in this furious Snow Storm, in any way So well as by Studying your Letter of Oct. 28. We are now explicitly agreed, in one important point, viz t That “there is a natural Aristocracy among men; the grou n ds of which are Virtue and Talents.” you very justly indulge a little merriment upon this Solemn Subject of Aristocracy. I often...
I was fortunately enabled to procure a copy of “The Proceedings” &c from Judge Cooper , and have Sent it to my printer . It contains a few Ms. notes, which, being in your hand-writing, will be attended to in the new edition. It has just occurred to me that you might av wish to avail yourself of such an opportunity to make further alterations & therefore I trouble you with this letter. If you...
I stated to you the other day in conversations that I believed the directors of the Rivanna Company were entirely satisfied with the Law respecting the navigation of our River , as it was amended last year winter by the Senate ; A copy of which you have Seen. I have now the pleasure of confirming that statement. The matter has been agitated in full meeting & decided unanimously that the...
Accept my thanks for the comprehensive Syllabus, in your favour of Oct. 12. The Psalms of David , in Sublimity beauty, pathos and originality, or in one Word, in poetry, are Superiour to all the Odes Hymns and Songs in any language. But I had rather read them in our prose translation, than in any version I have Seen. His Morality however, often Shocks me, like Tristram Shandy’s execrations....
Your motions have hitherto put it out of our power to write to you from the uncertainty of the times and places at which a letter could meet you. your last however from Cayuga removes the difficulty, as we presume a letter now written will find you at Headquarters, and that these will be somewhere in the line between Sacket’s harbor and Montreal . we have heard of the movements of Gen l...
On the 24 th of April I took the liberty of putting under your cover a letter for James L. Henderson of Washita , and in yours of May 25. you were so kind as to state to me the conveyance you had procured for it, and the probability that an answer might be returned by the same person. none having been recieved, I fear that that man Henderson does not mean to answer, altho’ in that letter I...
I send you inclosed as requested in yours of the 9 th Ins t one hundred dollars in small notes— but little change has taken place in the price of flour, it is, if anything more dull, sales have been made on the basin at 4¾ and a little at 4½$, our mill flour has been sold at 5$ on 4 months Very respectfully I am RC ( ViU : TJP-ER ); between dateline and salutation: “Thomas Jefferson Esq re ”;...
As I owe you more for your Letters of Oct. 12. and 28 than I Shall be able to pay, I Shall begin with the P.S. to the last. I am very Sorry to Say, that I cannot “assist your memory in the Enquiries of your letter of August 22 d .” I really know not who was the compositor of any one of the Petitions or Addresses you enumerate. Nay farther I am certain I never did know. I was so shallow a...
I am very unwilling to be considered as impertinent, and have therefore hesitated, before I determined, that, I might, without impertinence, inclose to you a Copy of the Address & Constitution of an Association in Virginia , for the distribution of Bibles gratuitously, to those who are not able to purchase them.—Conscious of the purity of my motive, I have discarded the doubts which at first...
Your letter of July 21. was recieved on the 6 th of Aug. and should have been answered immediately, but that I was in daily expectation of one from Gov r Greenup on the same subject. I accordingly recieved one a fortnight after in which he inclosed a letter from you to him proposing an interview. and in his letter to me he said he should make an appointment with you as soon as he should be...
I am sorry to inform you that the great Patriot Peter Freneau Esq r , of this City, departed this life on Monday last. In him our Country has lost lost one of its firmest and best friends—He continued to his last moments, one of your greatest friends, and admirers. The Republican Party here will most sensibly feel his loss. The enclosed paper will give you but a faint Idea of the high...
since I had the honor of Addressing you the 19 Ult —I had the pleasure of receiving the inclosed from M r Williams —to which I replied the 28 th requesting the fav r (in Case he should suceed in purchasing a Set of Ex—at New York . (if not too much trouble) he would also engage a Sett in my fav r for ƒ5000 franc’s—and that I would also wish to avail my self of the indulgence— in Case himself...
Your favor of Oct. 18. has been duly rec d and I learn with great pleasure the progress you have made towards an establishment on Columbia river . I view it as the germ of a great, free & independant empire on that side of our continent, and that liberty & self government spreading from that as well as this side will ensure their compleat establishment over the whole. it must be still more...
In a letter of Sep. 23. I informed you of a claim of Col o Monroe’s to some part of the lands you sold to mr Short , he thinks about 30. acres, and proposed to you a meeting at your convenience to run the lines. Col o Monroe I believe wrote to you at the same time. I was then obliged to limit the time of meeting to some day before the present Date, by the necessity of my visiting Bedford about...
You have heretofore been apprised of a claim of Col o Monroe to a corner of your tract of land on the top of the mountain, which he supposes included within the lines of his prior deed. some years ago he mentioned this to me; but as mr Carter had conducted your survey in person, I imagined Col o Monroe had been illy informed, and as he never repeated the thing to me, I presumed he had become...
I sent you about a twelve month ago, a copy of my edition of Justinian’s institutes , and another copy of my introductory lecture ; I presume you received them as I sent them if I do not mistake under M r Madison’s care. I write at present to say that I have at my disposal D r Priestley’s library and apparatus. The library consists of about 4400 Volumes of all descriptions, some of them very...
I am very much obliged to you for allowing me to read your letters to M r Eppes . I have done it with great satisfaction and attention. Your letters contain the ablest system of finance that I believe cou’d be devised, if the U.S. were now to commence their financial operations, with all the powers of the State and Gen l Governments and we were free from prejudices against paper money and the...
As the meeting of our legislature approaches, and I shall be absent in Bedford from the 17 th inst. to about the 8 th of Dec. within which period you will possibly be passing, I have thought it best to inform you that the Rivanna co. & myself consent that the bill concerning us which was before the legislature at their last session, should pass verbatim as amended by the Senate
A bill to amend the act intituled an act incorporating a company to open E t c the Rivanna river from Milton to Moore’s ford E t c §.1. Be it enacted by the General assembly that instead of the tolls E t c [this section goes on to fix the tolls.] §.2. And be it further enacted that it shall be lawful for the court of Albemarle county
I ought sooner, in answer to your letter of Sep. 29. to have said that I shall be glad to recieve the second hand copy of the Traité du Bonheur et de la morale, which you supposed you could get me. I am anxious to recieve the ‘American brewer & malster’ as soon as published. I have both Richardson & Combrune which you mention. accept my friendly & respectful salutations. PoC ( DLC ); at foot...
I was unwell during the last session of our district court , or I should have seen you there and delivered to you the inclosed for your kind assistance in the case of Michie’s Certiorari on the proceedings of forcible entry; and I was not without a hope that your business might have given you leisure to take a dinner or an evening with us which will always give me pleasure. I had a...
I have just recieved from Gen l Kosciuzko a duplicate of his letter of May 30. to which he adds this P.S. ‘you render me a great service by the arranging arrangement with mr Morton to whom I owe many thanks for the most obliging manner in which I have been treated at Paris , and for the exactitude of his correspondent.’ this channel then being so agreeable to the General we had better adhere...
I had not expected to have troubled you again on the subject of finance; but since the date of my last I have recieved from mr Law a letter covering a memorial on that subject which from it’s tenor I conjecture must have been before Congress at their two last sessions. this paper contains two propositions, the one for issuing Treasury notes bearing interest, & to be circulated as money; the...
Your favor of Oct. 1. came duly to hand, and in it the Memorial which I now return. I like well your idea of issuing treasury notes bearing interest, because I am persuaded they would soon be withdrawn from the circulation and locked up in vaults & private hoards. it would put it in the power of every man to lend his 100. or 1000.D. tho’ not able to go forward on the great scale and be the...
You took the trouble of reading my former letters to mr Eppes on the subject of our finances, and I therefore inclose you a third letter to him on an important branch of the same subject, banks, for your perusal, if the volume does not appear too formidable. be so good as to stick a wafer into the letter and put it into the shortest post-line for Ça-ira which is his nearest post-office.— I...
I had the honour to receive your letter of Sept. 18 at the usual interval— If this people could but appreciate the real character of Britain , I think she would yield to our claims of Justice.—I have, ever since the year 1794 been satisfied that war or submission to the insolence of our old master made the only alternative. The evil Genius of M r Hamilton came nearly to paralyse the nation—But...
Thomas Jefferson } Comp t vs Upon a bill in chancery to perpetuate testamoney David Michie Deft This cause came on to be heard this fourth day of November 1813 On the bill answer, plea set down for argument and exhibits, and the arguments of council being heard & mature consideration had thereon, It is adjudged ordered and decreed by the court that the defendants plea be overruled, and that...
It is now a year since I have had a letter from M r Hawkins ; he was then, and had been some time engaged as an Engineer, and had undertaken two very stupendous works: one of them the constructing a Tunnel under the River Thames about eleven miles below London , which he had nearly compleated. The other was a Tunnel through Shuters hill , about eight miles from London , to level the eastern road.
I receivd lately the enclosed letter from ch: Carter in which he proposes to submit the question between m r Short and me, relating to the boundary of the land purchasd of him, to your decision. I most willingly accede to the proposition, and hope that you will undertake it. It will take you a mornings ride, thro’ some rough ground, with a guide, which you may easily procure. You have all the...