Thomas Jefferson Papers

William C. Rives to Thomas Jefferson, 20 November 1809

From William C. Rives

Nov. 20th ’09

My dear sir,

An unexpected call from my friends has rendered it necessary for me to leave this neighbourhood before your return from Bedford. In consequence of this event I am prevented from delivering that portion of your books, which I have already read. I intend, however, to return after a few days, when you shall receive them.—Permit me, sir, to avail myself of this opportunity of expressing the gratitude which I feel towards you as the first of my benefactors, and I pray you to be assured, that the services which you have already rendered me, will be treasured up in the most lasting remembrance. I fondly indulge the hope, that vigorous and uninterrupted exertions will enable me to derive from my future intercourse with you, advantages not less valuable than those which my past has so amply afforded.

I am, sir, your most obliged and devoted serv.—

W. C. Rives

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 25 Nov. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.

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