Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 17 January 1803

To John Wayles Eppes

Washington Jan. 17. 1803.

Dear Sir

Yesterday morning I recieved information of Maria’s safe arrival at Edgehill. some apprehension that Francis had recieved the infection of the measles on the road had determined her to await there the usual term of it’s appearance. I have to acknolege several letters from you. Colo. Monroe arrived here1 the night before last, not having previously heard of his appointment to Paris & Madrid to settle our affairs relative to the Missisipi. this measure has suppressed all further inflammatory proceedings meditated by the Federalists for instigating the Western country to force on a war between us & the owners of New Orleans. their confidence in Monroe will satisfy them that their rights will be safe in his hands.—I expect to be at Monticello about the 10th. of March for the residue of that month only. accept assurances of my affectionate attachment—

Th: Jefferson

PrC (CSmH); at foot of text: “J. W. Eppes”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

several letters from you: TJ had not yet acknowledged Eppes’s six letters to him of December 1802 as well as that of 4 Jan. 1803.

expect to be at monticello: TJ left Washington on 7 Mch. and arrived at Monticello on the 11th (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1094).

1TJ here canceled “yesterda.”

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