Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Wirt, 20 July 1802

From William Wirt

Richmond July 20. 1802

Dear Sir.

I have just received yours of the 13th. and can only assure you of my constant attention to your interest. I cannot think, with patience, of your having that repose, to which you are so ju[stly] entitled, interrupted, in this way—and yet, rather [incon]sistently, I am sincerely pleased at having an opportunity of being, any way, useful to you: for I am, in very truth, devotedly yours

Wm. Wirt

RC (DLC); torn, with words in brackets supplied from Tr; at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr. Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 31 July. Tr (MdHi: William Wirt Papers).

No letter OF THE 13TH to Wirt is recorded in SJL. One of 15 May is recorded there, but has not been found. A letter from Wirt to TJ, dated 14 June and recorded in SJL as received 17 June, has also not been found.

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