Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Elizabeth House Trist, 1 July 1801

To Elizabeth House Trist

Washington July 1. 1801.

Dear Madam

Your favor of the 13th. is duly recieved. I have not yet had a good opportunity of speaking with mr Gallatin on the subject of mr Fowler; but it shall be done; and whatsoever the justice due to others may permit, will with pleasure be yielded to your wishes. I must observe at the same time that such is the effect of our conciliation plan, & so strongly has it operated on the minds of our former adversaries, that not one of them has refused to continue in service under the new administration. there has not been one single resignation from them: and as our principles do not admit much removal, the vacancies are few in proportion to the candidates. in truth it is the case of one loaf, and ten men wanting bread.

I hear every now & then from our friend Hawkins. he is doing a great deal of good among the Creeks. they are beginning to spin, weave, raise stock, to carry beef, butter & cheese to market, to inclose their grounds, use the plough, work at the smith’s & carpenter’s trade &c . he is really acting for them as a father for his children. I have been very much pleased to hear these accounts of him lately, because at one time some unfavorable things were listened to.

I presume that by this time you have learnt some of the farmer’s cares. they are so various & serious as any, and more interesting. within four weeks I shall be able to see what sort of a farming family you make. present my neighborly respects to mr & mrs Trist, & accept yourself assurances of my constant & affectionate esteem.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mrs. Elizabeth Trist.”

Your favor of the 13th: not found but recorded in SJL as received 17 June from Birdwood. TJ’s most recent letter to Trist, dated 24 Mch. and recorded in SJL, has also not been found.

Alexander fowler wrote to Albert Gallatin on 19 Feb. of his interest in the quartermaster or supervisor of revenue positions at Pittsburgh should they become vacant and expressed a desire to resume his land claim against the United States. For Fowler’s role in the Republican schism in Pennsylvania politics, see Sanford W. Higginbotham, The Keystone in the Democratic Arch: Pennsylvania Politics 1800–1816 (Harrisburg, Pa., 1952), 38; and Meriwether Lewis to TJ, 31 Aug. 1801.

Our friend hawkins: Benjamin Hawkins last wrote to TJ on 1 Mch.

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