Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Wilson Cary Nicholas, 20 August 1799

From Wilson Cary Nicholas

Warren Augt. 20th. 1799

Dear Sir

A most unfortunate and Melancholy event, makes it necessary that I shou’d go in a few days to Kentucky. I believe you think it proper1 that the legislature of these two States, shou’d defend the ground that they have taken. if that is still your opinion, and you will put upon paper what you think the Kentucky assembly ought to say, I will place it in safe hands. They now require aid more than ever. I flatter myself that assurances of proper caution, in the use of any paper that I may receive from you, are not necessary. I shall probably leave this place the last of the succeeding week.

I am Dear Sir, with the greatest respect your humble Servant

Wilson C Nicholas

RC (DLC: Nicholas P. Trist Papers); endorsed by TJ as received 20 Aug. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in the following letter.

Melancholy event: the death of George Nicholas, brother of the correspondent, in Kentucky on 25 July (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, New York and Oxford, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ).

1Interlined in place of “necessary.”

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