Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Prentis, 5 August 1803

From Joseph Prentis

5 Au. 1803.

Dear Sir

My friend Dr Madison will probably visit you on his Journey to the upper Country; this presents me with a conveyance which I have embraced, solely to give you my assurances, that your requisition some time since, was most literally [com]plied with, in a few moments after the communication came to Hand. with Sentiments of unfeigned Esteem I am Yr Frd.


RC (MHi); torn at seal; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello” and “Dr Madisons attention”; endorsed by TJ as received from Joseph Prentis on 19 Aug. and so recorded in SJL.

your requisition: perhaps Prentis is referring to TJ’s request in his letter of 6 May, the last recorded in SJL to Prentis, in which TJ urged his friend to “burn now this letter.” TJ expressed the wish that all correspondence “written on the subject”—that is the Walker affair—would be destroyed.

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