Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Francis Eppes, 6 September 1811

To Francis Eppes

Monticello Sep. 6. 11.

Dear Francis

Your letter of Aug. 19. came to hand only 4. or 5. days ago. I should have answered it by post had not Martin arrived with your second. I am glad to learn you are becoming a Roman, which a familiarity with their history will certainly make you. the putting you into qui, quae, quod, was only to strengthen your memory, which you may do quite as well by getting pieces of poetry by heart. Jefferson & myself intend you a visit in November, and it will then be a question for the consideration of your papa and yourself whether you shall not return with us & visit your cousins. this will be acceptable to us all, and only deprecated by the partridges & snowbirds against which you may commence hostilities. adieu my dear Francis, be industrious in advancing yourself in knolege, which with your good dispositions, will ensure the love of others, & your own happiness, & the love & happiness of none more than of

Yours affectionately

Th: Jefferson

RC (NcU: Southern Historical Collection, Hubard Family Papers); addressed: “Francis Eppes Millbrook.” PoC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by TJ.

Eppes’s letter to TJ of aug. 19, not found, is recorded in SJL as received from “Millbrook (near Ça ira)” on 1 Sept. 1811. qui, quae, quod: declension of the Latin pronoun for who, which, and what. jefferson: Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

Index Entries

  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); letters from accounted for search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); letters to search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); relationship with father search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); TJ’s relationship with search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with grandchildren search
  • Latin; study of search
  • Martin (J. W. Eppes’s slave); delivers letter search
  • poetry; memorization of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); to accompany TJ to Poplar Forest search