Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Lord Wycombe, 9 November 1791

To Lord Wycombe

Nov. 9. 1791.

Th: Jefferson has the honour of presenting his respectful and affectionate compliments to Ld. Wycombe and of asking the favor of him immediately on his arrival in Charleston to have the goodness to send the inclosed letter to the Post-office. He knows how troublesome it is to travellers to have to think of letters, and therefore apologizes by the importance of the one inclosed, and the probability of it’s going so much quicker by water than by post.

Th:J. regrets that constant occupation has put it out of his power to see as much of Ld. Wycombe as he would have wished during his short stay here; he should with great pleasure have contributed his mite towards possessing him of all that information relative to this country, which he knows to be the object of Ld. Wycombe’s travels. He shall always be happy to hear of him, and from him, and bids him an affectionate adieu, with sincere wishes for prosperous and speedy passages to him.

PrC (DLC).

Wycombe replied immediately, thanking TJ for his kind remarks and assuring him that he would properly handle the inclosed letter of 6 Nov. offering Thomas Pinckney the appointment of minister to Great Britain (Wycombe to TJ, 9 Nov. 1791, RC in MHi; addressed: “To Mr. Jefferson &c. &c. &c.”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Nov. 1791, but not recorded in SJL). The young English nobleman was currently touring the United States, being “upon no Political Errand whatever,” his father assured Washington, “but singly from the desire natural to his Age of seeing all he can,” in which endeavor, Lansdowne was certain, he “can meet with no conversation which will not confirm him in those Principles of Freedom which have constituted my Happiness thro’ Life” (Lansdowne to Washington, 4 July 1791, DLC: Washington Papers; see also TJ to Wycombe, 25 July 1789).

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