Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge Gerry, 25 May 1797

To Elbridge Gerry

Philadelphia May 25. 97

Dear Sir

I this moment recieve your [favor] of the 22d. Nine days before that, to wit, May 13. I had [written to you my last] letter acknoleging the [receipt of yours] of May [4.] […]1 that that of Apr. 4. with the [one for] Monroe […]2 hand. My letter was directed to yourself ‘to the care of Mr. Osgood New York.’ from which I hoped it would be stopped there as I did not superscribe the place of your residence. I [hope] you will have got it ere now; and I shall be […] [whether] you have, lest it get into hands who [may make improper] use of it, and by pretended translations and [re-translations] make it say what they please. Should you not recieve it, I will send a duplicate. What stay do you make in New York? When 12. hours will bring you here, will nothing tempt you to visit us? Adieu Your’s affectionately

Th: Jefferson

P.S. The letter to Monroe shall be taken care of and delivered the moment he arrives.

PrC (DLC); badly faded; at foot of text: “Elbridge Gerry esq.”

1Estimated five words illegible.

2Estimated four words illegible.

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