Thomas Jefferson Papers

George Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson, 24 October 1811

From George Jefferson

Richmond 24th Octr 1811

Dear Sir

Will you have the goodness to inform me if it will not be necessary, previous to my departure to Lisbon, to go to Washington? It occurs to me that verbal as well as written instructions may be desirable. As yet I have received none, not even an intimation as to the bond which I observe the law requires.

I would ask this information of Mr Monroe, but I have been too decidedly hostile to what I conceived to be his new politics, to ask any thing of him; unless I thought my official situation absolutely required it.

even then it would be unpleasant.

I am Dear Sir Your Mt faithful friend & servt

Geo. Jefferson

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 Oct. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

“An Act concerning Consuls and Vice-Consuls,” 14 Apr. 1792, required every newly appointed consul and vice-consul to provide the secretary of state with a bond for between $2,000 and $10,000 before entering upon their duties (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States . . . 1789 to March 3, 1845, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 1:256). Jefferson had apparently been angered by James Monroe’s new politics, particularly his flirtation with the Richmond Junto and the Tertium Quids and his opposition to TJ’s chosen successor, James Madison, during the 1808 presidential election.

Index Entries

  • An Act concerning Consuls and Vice-Consuls (1792) search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); and consulship at Lisbon search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); and J. Monroe search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters from search
  • Lisbon; U.S. consulship at search
  • Madison, James; and J. Monroe search
  • Monroe, James; and J. Madison search
  • Monroe, James; and Lisbon consulship search
  • Portugal; U.S. consulship in search
  • Republican party; unity within search
  • Richmond, Va.; Junto (Old Republicans) search
  • Tertium Quids search