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In consequence of the long and earnest desire of my son Walter , to enter the Navy, and the advice of his friends seconding his views, I have consented to gratify him— Presuming on the friendship which subsisted between yourself and his father, Meriwether Jones , I will take the liberty of requesting your assistance in procuring him a Midshipmans warrant—his friends are respectable and...
I believe I told you in my last , that I had given you all in Lindseys Memoirs, than that interested you. But I was mistaken. In Priestleys Letter to Lindsey Dec r 19. 1803 , I find this Paragraph “With the Work I am now composing I go on much faster and better than I expected; so that in two or three months, if my health continue as it now is, I hope to have it ready for the Press; though I...
I have satisfied myself, by a great number of experiments, that the influence of cold upon the skin, is the most universal cause which places the system in a state of predisposition to disease. I have also ascertained by experiment hundreds of times repeated, that a timely application of intense heat to the surface, will correct the predisposition, and prevent disease, even when sternly...
You had a right to expect to hear from me ere this on the su b ject of a paiment. but I am one among the unfortunate who have been caugh t by the blockade before the sale of my flour. I have between 4. & 500. barrels now in Richmond , & not a barrel sold. I have desired mr Gibson to hold up for 7.D. thro’ this month, but then to sell for whatever he can get. the moment I hear from him that he...
I trust you will excuse the liberty I take—in having the honor to enclose you the within letter—as it contains money I was fearfull it might miscarry—is the cause why I trouble you— RC ( MHi ); dateline beneath signature; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq r Monticello —near Milton—V a ”; franked; postmarked 28 July ; endorsed by TJ as received 30 July 1813 and so recorded in SJL . Enclosure not...
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.
we have to acknowledge thy favour 11 th current— ; in our reply to thine, of 3 rd Ins t ; (which we hope thou hast receivd;) we stated, what we supposd must be the cause of thy Carder not performing to satisfaction; and the way, we hoped, to remedy it.—we regret, exceeding, that thou has found so much dificulty; with thy machine;—we had tried it before we sent it on; and fully believed it...
I find there is to be a “physician” general of the arm. of the U. States —I have the vanity to think, that I am not entirely unqualified for that important place, by my age, my experience in practise, & my long experience as a teacher of a “practical” branch of medicine. Perhaps, I have some claim upon the government, as a steady supporter, so far as I can go, of the measures of the executive....
I duly reciev’d thy verry able letter of the 13 th In s , and have greatly to regret that the public had not been possessd of the views thou hast there taken of the subject, before the late trial of O Evans v s Sam l Robinson in the circuit court at Baltimore —had it been the case, the result of that trial must have terminated the question betwe e
your favour of the 15 th came to me yesterday, and it is a pleasure to discover that We are only 9 days apart. Be not Surprised or alarmed. Lindsays Memoirs will do no harm to you or me. you have right and reason to feel and to resent the breach of Confidence. I have had enough of the same kind of Treachery and Perfidy practiced upon me, to know how to Sympathize with you. I will agree with...
During the last session of Congress the current business pressed so heavily on me, and after its adjournment, the preparation of instructions for our ministers employed under the mediation of Russia , and in other duties connected with it, kept me so constantly engaged that I have scarcely had a moment of respite since I left you. I seize one to communicate some details, which it may be...
In a letter from mr Paul Allen of Philadelphia , I was informed that other business had obliged you to turn over to him the publication of Gov r Lewis’s journal of his Western expedition; and he requested me to furnish him with any materials I could for writing a sketch of his life. I now inclose him such as I have been able to procure, to be used with any other information he may have...
I have to acknowledge your’s of the 4 th , received this morning, and to promise you my attention, to the case of David Michie against yourself, depending in the Albemarle circuit Court ,— I was apprised of the application for a certiorari, during the sitting of the last court, and on the authority of your former letter, would have contested the propriety of granting it, if the application had...
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,...
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...
I should not so soon have troubled you with a reply to your friendly favor of Mar. 15. but for your saying that ‘if I wish to look into your work on the diseases of the mind you will send me a copy.’ I read with delight every thing which comes from your pen, and the subject of this work is peculiarly interesting. the book by Bishop Porteous which you were so kind as to inclose me, was safely...
Your’s is recieved by Squire , and the girl begins this morning the first necessary branch, which is roving, or spinning into candlewick to prepare it for the spinning Jenny . this will take her some days, more or less, according to her aptness, and then she will commence on the Jenny. as she appears rather young, it will probably taker take her a month or 6. weeks to learn well enough to be...
I met with Doct r Flood at Buckingham court house on the second monday of the present month. From him I had the pleasure of hearing you were in good health and that a letter from you to me had been put into the mail at his Fathers on that morning—The letter has not been received and I am unable to account for its failure—Even if it had gone on to Richmond it ought to have reached me on Tuesday...
Your favors of Mar. 9. and 23. are both safely recieved and I shall with pleasure write to the President on the subject of the last. this I do merely because it is your wish, being satisfied the President can need no excitement in your favor beyond his own knolege & approbation of the uniform line of your conduct. We are here in a state of close blockade, tantalized indeed with propositions of...
I was so unlucky as to write you a long letter of business , when, as I learned soon afterwards, you were too ill to be troubled with any matter of business. my comfort has been in the confidence that care would of course be taken not to disturb you with letters. my hope in writing the present is of a pleasanter kind, the flattering one that you are entirely recovered. if the prayers of...
Enclosed I submit to your perusal, what I trust will be deem’d worth the trouble— If after a Year, these Treasury notes (become due), were rec d as Cash in paym t of Subs n to the loan, it would give them full credit & enable Gov t to issue more—The loan would also be obtain’d on more advantageous terms, as these note holders would encrease the number of competitors for the loan— RC ( DLC : TJ...
M r Goodman’s crop for the next year 1814. will be as follows. Corn in M c Daniel’s field; but as this turns out to be but 50. acres, we must add other grounds to it; and there are none but what belong to some other field, except the those over the S. Tomahawk, & above the lower corn field. we must of necessity then give the tobacco ground, & the stubble ground there to corn, and put the upper...
I recieved your former favor stating the prices of mill work, and finding that mr Brown’s bill was considerably different, I proposed to him to refer the bill to you, and to ask the favor of you to come and see the work and settle the prices between us. this favor I have now to ask of you, and shall very gladly pay you for your time whatever you think proper. if you could name the day that...
Your letter of yesterday found me unprovided with the sum you desired; but I have been able to borrow it among our merchants who are not much better off than others, all business being at a stand. we are experiencing the most calamitous year known since 1755. the ground has been wet but once since the 14 th of April . my wheat yielded but a third of an ordinary crop, about treble the seed. of...
I received in due time the letter forwarded from Floods — I regret that my letter contained any thing which could induce you to suppose me either unreasonable in my proposals or diffident of your attatchment to my child —Being incapable of expressing either directly or indirectly any sentiment calculated to wound your feelings I have no hesitation in solemnly disclaiming any expression not in...
Since your return from Europe I have heard it repeatedly stated that you had imported the genuine Shepherds dog & occasionally distributed them among your friends. Such an acquisition to this State will be of immense importance, as the people are turning their attention to the raising of Sheep & are rapidly progressing in the merino breeds. If my information is correct & you still possess that...
by boy Will I Recieved your present of Tacitus for Cyrus , your friendly attentions to the proper & useful Education of Cyrus is highly appreciated by us both, & I hope the impression will never be lessened.— I yesteday heard of your being up, & intended visiting you this day with a mess of Asparagus, which grows upon us with a threating Aspect, we shall trust to your frequent Aid in keeping...
I delayed the acknowledgement of the receipt of the wool for the purpose of ascertaining the time when you might expect the Cloth—I am still without this information, but not without apprehensions that much of our patience will be required on the part of the manufacturer—soon after the arrival of the wool the Foreman of the Factory being a militia draft and called upon to march deserted and is...
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...
Your favor of the 1 st inst. is recieved, and I will now ask the favor of you to procure for me such a gold watch as I described in my letter of May 20. that is to say, excellent in it’s quality, but only moderately ornamented, just enough to make it fit for a lady. on a similar occasion of such a watch from your father in 1808. I had procured mr Short procured for me a chain of Paris gold (...
I take the liberty of addressing you on a request which I hope you will be kind enough to comply with. I am the son of Bernard M c Mahon of this city and Wish to get an appointment in the Navy or Army of the United States . K Knowing that you were good enough to corresspond With my father , I thought you would be so good as to give me a few lines of reccommendation to the secratary of the...
Enclosed is a specimen of the Sulphuret of Antimony, which was found in this neighbourhood—It’s appearance, and the chemical tests to which I have exposed it shew it to be very pure—As we have not been able to discover the place from which this has been obtained, it’s value cannot be ascertained— With great respect RC ( ViU : TJP-CC ); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq r monticello Monticello...
In your Letter to D r Priestley of March 21. 1801 , you ask “What an Effort, of Bigotry in politics and religion have We gone through! The barbarians really flattered themselves, they should be able to bring back the times of Vandalism, when ignorance put every thing into the hands of power and priestcraft. All Advances in Science were proscribed as innovations; they pretended to praise and...
At your request I take the liberty of Sending your you your account with Sam l : & Ja s Leitch to the 1 st Ins t at which time our partnership expired—you will not consider this as an application at this time for the Ballance but will consult your own Convenience in dischargeing the Same— your Draft on Gibson & Jefferson was duly paid for which I consider myself under Obligations to you— I...
Here I am, my dear Sir, by the partiality of my friends, & discomfiture of my political enemies; again in the vortex of national politicks. My line of duty is plain & easy, & I shall endeavour to adhere to it. But I must confess, that I am much disappointed in a very pleasing anticipation, an interveiw at the seat of government with my ancient & highly respected friend of Monticello ; for I am...
Since my letter of June 27. I am in your debt for many; all of which I have read with infinite delight. they open a wide field for reflection; and offer subjects enough to occupy the mind and the pen indefinitely. I must follow the good example you have set; and when I have not time to take up every subject, take up a single one. Your approbation of my outline to D r Priestly is a great...
J’ai reçu derniérement la Lettre dont vous m’avés honoré; et Je metois imposé la loi de ne plus troubler du tout un repos que vous paroissés désirer, et que votre âge et dé longs, utiles, et illustres travaux vous ont Si justement mérité. Mais l’interest que vous avés bien voulu prendre a mon retour paisible en françe et la démarche que vous avés Eu la bonté de faire pour moi a cet ègard...
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 think you cannot be unacquainted with old mr Strode of the county adjoining to yours, with his former fortunes, and the misfortunes perhaps by which he has lost them. his qualifications for business too are generally known. he is now in indigence, and want. how this happens while his son is otherwise I know not. I have recieved a letter from him , by which I find he wishes for some...
I inclose you the letters on finance, for perusal. I had not an opportunity of proposing the reading them to the President , there being much company with him. when will the ladies & yourself do us the favor of a visit? RC ( NN : Monroe Papers); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “The Secretary of State”; with endorsement and notes by Monroe on verso. Not recorded in SJL . Enclosures: TJ to...
I wish to see you very much I am very well I am at school at Lynchburg to A gentleman by the name of Mr. Halcomb I like him very much well he is very good to cousin and my self he and my self are going hom e very soon some of my Vacations I will come and stay some time with you
I duly recieved your favor of June 25 th . I had before heard of the unfortunate turn of your affairs, but did not know your losses had been so entire as to leave you wholly dependant on your personal industry and at this age. it is a consolation that you have always possessed the resources of talent, industry, & integrity, and that at your age you have still health to use them efficiently in...
May I beg your acceptance of a copy of the Nautical Almanac for 1814? RC ( DLC ); endorsed by TJ as received 10 Oct. 1813 and so recorded in SJL . Enclosure: Blunt, Blunt’s Edition of the Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris, for the year 1814 (New York, 1813; Sowerby, E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson , 1952–59, 5 vols. no. 3810).
By the help of your survey , I am now enabled to lay off my fields to my mind. but there are 3. or 4. dividing lines to be run with a compass & chain. I stay to see this done, in the hope that the day after you get here back from Albemarle court, you will be so good as to come & run them for me. it will take a few hours only, and the moment they are run, so that my overseers may know h where...
thou wert wise in thy Administration:—thou didst Reward thy Officers generally,—but this unpresuming Young man , thou did cruelly overlook.—Use thy unfluence to do him essential Service.—thou art rich,—he is poor and deserving, and in disgust I am afraid will soon throw up his commission.—Be humane & generous as thy nature I know will prompt. RC ( DLC : TJ Papers , 199:35443); undated;...
Conformement à la lettre que Votre Seigneurie prit la peine de m’écrire en date du 6 février, de cette année-ci , je prends la liberté de lui adresser, ci-joint, un exemplaire de mon ouvrage intitulé: La Création du monde, &c, le quel vient de paraître. Si Votre Seigneurie souhaitait Se procurer quelques autres exemplaires du même ouvrage, en m’honorant d’un mot à cet égard, adressé, soit à M...
The sum I owe you is between five hundred and forty or fifty Dollars. I have this day written to mr Gibson that I shall draw on him for it the next month, and I will take care that it be paid there by the day you name, the 17 th of December . Accept my respects RC ( ViHi ); addressed: “Craven Peyton esq. Monteagle .” Not recorded in SJL . TJ’s
If you will excuse my breaking in again upon your philosophical retirement, I think I may venture to promise that it shall be the last time. I little thought, when I wrote to you last , that I should have so soon to lament the loss of my revered friend & brother D r Rush ! By his death I feel as if one strand of the thread of my life was cut. It is a heavy, very heavy stroke to his old friend...
In the suit brought by Edward Livingston Against Le Breton D’orgenoy late marshal of the District of Orleans , The Honorable m r Hall , Judge of the District of Louisiana , has decided, the dispossessing of m r Livingston of the Batture , by order of the late President to be illegal, & he directs the Plaintiff to be reinstated in his possession.—The Public Sentiment on this occasion is...
I am really very thankful to you for the patience with which you have waited for the paiment I should have made you. I am one of the unfortunate on whom the blockade came before I had sold a barrel of my flour. I am now authorising mr Gibson to sell it for 4.D. which after the expence of barrel grinding & transporting, neats me 2½ D. a barrel or 47. cents a bushel for my wheat. in the mean...