Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Richard Richardson, 1 June 1801

To Richard Richardson

Washington June 1. 1801

Dear Sir

I have duly recieved yours of May 18. and sincerely congratulate you on the legacy which has fallen to you from your relation in Jamaica. it would certainly be prudent for you to go without delay to recieve it. according to your desire I inclose you an order on Gibson and Jefferson for £40. [the balance due] to you on our last settlement, as also a certificate in my own hand writing of your citizenship and of those circumstances of your life which may ascertain that you are the person designated in the advertisement published in the [Virginia] papers. you will of course take with you the original letter to mr Jones. I have ordered a passport in the usual form to be made out for you [in the] Secretary of state’s office, which I expect to recieve from the office in time to inclose herein.   I sincerely wish you may obtain your right without difficulty, and recommend to you to avoid investing it in any commercial [form,] but rather to employ it in the purchase of a farm in your own state, from [which] you may draw an annual interest of 5. per cent by renting it besides [an addition] to the capital of 10. per cent per annum by the annual rise of the value of [the lands,] holding the property always in your own hands. in any other way you [must] trust your capital in other hands and I observe that of those who do so, [99 in] 100. lose it soon or late. wishing you a pleasant voyage and safe return I tender you assurances of my esteem & good wishes.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); faint, with text in brackets supplied from printed source; at foot of text: “Mr Richard Richardson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Printed in New York Times, 15 Apr. 1923 (magazine section). Enclosures: (1) Order on Gibson & Jefferson, dated 1 June, from Washington, to pay Richardson £40 Virginia currency or $133.33 (PrC in MHi; letterpressed on same sheet as TJ to Gibson & Jefferson, 1 June; signed by TJ; at foot of text: “Messrs Gibson & Jefferson Richmond”). (2) Passport for Richardson, “a native of the State of Virginia,” dated 1 June 1801 at Washington, signed and sealed by James Madison, as secretary of state (printed in New York Times, 15 Apr. 1923). (3) Certificate for Richard Richardson, 1 June, printed below.

For the letter from Jonathan Morton to Meriwether Jones, see Richardson to TJ, 18 May.

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