Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Quarrier, 21 August 1801

From Samuel Quarrier

City of Washington, Augt. 21st. 1801—

Respected Sir

I hope You’l Excuse me for thus intruedeing on You this Second Letter as it arises intirely from A Report that’s circulated in this place of Your beeing taken1 exstreemly ill on Your Way to Monticello, insomuch that You Where not abel to proseede at all on Your Way, in traceing the fabricated Report I found it Came from Docr. Wiemes of George town, Ive made frequent enquirey’s to find out the truth of the Report, but had the agreeable Satisfaction to understand that You’d arived at Your seat in good health—Believe me Sir it’s one of the first Wishes of my life to heere of your health and happiness, not only mine but the wish of Millions—

Receive dear Sir my best Wishes for Your prosperity and every other blessing this life affords, Respectfully

Saml. Quarrier

RC (DLC); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre. President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Sep. and so recorded in SJL.

Samuel Quarrier was one of thirteen children of Alexander Quarrier who survived to adulthood. In 1811, when Alexander Quarrier relocated from Richmond to the Kanawha Valley, his offspring moved west with him (Jim Comstock, ed., West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia: Supplemental Series, 25 vols. [Richwood, W. Va., 1974], 4:79; 21:41).

For Quarrier’s earlier letter, see TJ to Henry Dearborn, 14 Aug.

Docr. Wiemes: John Weems was a physician in Georgetown (Bryan, National Capital description begins Wilhelmus B. Bryan, A History of the National Capital from Its Foundation through the Period of the Adoption of the Organic Act, New York, 1914–16, 2 vols. description ends , 1:324n).

1MS: “takeinging.”

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