Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Hollins, 16 September 1812

To John Hollins

Monticello Sep. 16. 12.

Dear Sir

Presuming you are a member of the house on which the inclosed bill is drawn, I take the liberty of forwarding it to yourself, with a request that when at maturity you will be so good as to1 have it paid to the order of Gibson & Jefferson of Richmond

Your friends at Warren & Carsbrook were well three days ago. the former were expecting mrs Hollins erelong. we presume you will accompany her, & hope both will do us the favor to make a stage of Monticello, where we shall be very happy to see you. I am pleased with the effect on the public mind which Hull’s treachery has produced. it reminds me of what invariably happened on every calamity recieved during the revolutionary war. it did more good by exciting public spirit than harm by the loss inflicted. I say, by Hull’s treachery, because cowardice cannot account for it. my wonder is that his officers & men permitted themselves to be given up like sheep without even bleating. however we do not yet know the particulars. affectionately Yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “John Hollins esq.”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

The Baltimore mercantile house was Brown & Hollins.

1TJ here canceled “pay.”

Index Entries

  • Brown & Hollins (Baltimore firm) search
  • Carr’s-brook (Peter Carr’s Albemarle Co. estate) search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and payments to TJ search
  • Hollins, Jane Smith (John Hollins’s wife); proposed visit to Monticello search
  • Hollins, John; and J. Peyton’s estate search
  • Hollins, John; family of search
  • Hollins, John; letters to search
  • Hull, William; and surrender of Northwest Army search