Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 25 January 1812

To Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Monticello Jan. 25. 12.

Dear Sir

I was on a visit of six weeks to a distant place of mine when the elegant work of messrs Franzoni & Andrei arrived, & an attack of rheumatism subsequent to my return has prevented till now my acknolegements for it, and what acknolegements can I make adequate to it’s merit? the one formerly contemplated is unworthy of a thought, and nothing in that line to which my resources are competent, would be it’s equivalent. can there be a hope of any occasion ever occurring in which I can be useful to them? and make them thus sensible of the value I set on their exquisite medallion? of my thankfulness for it and my wish for some occasion of rendering them any service in my power? until this occurs I shall consider myself much their debtor: and as what has past on the subject has always been thro’ yourself, I must sollicit thro’ the same channel a conveyance of these sentiments to them with the assurance of my respect. nor am I at all unmindful how much it is to your good will that I owe this beautiful performance. but the occasions of being thankful to you have been so frequent that an expression of my sense of them can be but a matter of repetition. such as it is however accept it as a cordial offering, & with it the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Latrobe”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Andrei, Giovanni; and carving for TJ search
  • Franzoni, Giuseppe Antonio; and carving for TJ search
  • health; rheumatism search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; rheumatism search
  • Latrobe, Benjamin Henry; and carving for TJ search
  • Latrobe, Benjamin Henry; letters to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search