Thomas Jefferson Papers

Archibald Thweatt, with postscript by John Wayles Eppes to Thomas Jefferson, 7 May 1810

From Archibald Thweatt, with Postscript by John Wayles Eppes

Petersburg 7th1 May 1810.

Dear Sir

I did hope to have had your business ready before this.—I was to have attended Mr Ladd on the 29th and remained until the report was finished and ready for your revision—as it was your wish not to be delayed in Richmond—

Unfortunately I was seized by a violent attack of the Rheumatism in my right hip; which has confined me to my bed.—altho’ in perfect health in all other respects, I cannot move.—This is the first pain I ever had of the kind and severe it is.—

I have written to Mr Ladd, that I should attend him as soon as my disease would admit—which I trust will be the last of this week or early next.—

The moment I depart for Richmond shall write you.  —accept my best wishes

Archibald Thweatt

PS. I have just returned here from Carolina— I left my servant and one of my horses there disabled—But for this circumstance I would come up immediately for Francis—I shall return again to N. Carolina on Sunday—as I know not how long I may be detained there and from Mr Thweatts letter it appears uncertain when you May come down, I should be extremely thankful if you could send Francis down this week as I feel dreadfully anxious to see him & have no servant but Joe whom I could trust to send for him & he is laid up—

accept for your health & happiness every wish of affection

yours sincerely

Jno: W: Eppes

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); endorsed by TJ as a 7 May 1810 letter from Eppes received two days later. Recorded in SJL as received 9 May 1810, with separate entries for the dated Thweatt letter and the undated Eppes postscript.

sunday: 13 May 1810. A 3 Apr. 1810 letter from Thweatt to TJ, not found, is recorded in SJL as received from Petersburg on 15 Apr. 1810.

1Reworked from “6th.”

Index Entries

  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); relationship with father search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); travels to N.C. search
  • Gilliam v. Fleming; chancery case search
  • health; rheumatism search
  • horses; disabled search
  • Joe (J. W. Eppes’s slave) search
  • Ladd, Thomas; and Gilliam v. Fleming search
  • rheumatism; A. Thweatt’s search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; and Gilliam v. Fleming search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; letters from search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; letters from accounted for search