Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 24 January 1799

To John Taylor

Philadelphia Jan. 24. 99.

Dear Sir

Mr. Tazewell died about noon this day after an illness of about 36. hours. on this event, so melancholy for his family & friends, the loss to the public of so faithful and able a servant no reflections can be adequate.

The object of this letter (and which I beseech you to mention as from me1 to no mortal) is the replacement of him by the legislature. many points in Munro’s character would render him the most valuable acquisition the republican interest in this legislature could make. there is no chance of bringing him into the other house as some had wished, because the present representative of his district will not retire. I salute you affectionately

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi: Washburn Collection); addressed: “John Taylor of Caroline now in Richmond”; endorsed by Taylor. PrC (DLC); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

The Virginia legislature adjourned on 26 Jan. before receiving news of Tazewell’s death. On 5 Dec. the Virginia Assembly elected Wilson Cary Nicholas to fill the vacancy (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , Dec. 1798–Jan. 1799, 103–4; same, Dec. 1799-Jan. 1800, 10). present representative: Samuel J. Cabell.

1Preceding three words interlined.

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