Thomas Jefferson Papers

Horatio Turpin to Thomas Jefferson, 28 October 1813

From Horatio Turpin

Richmond 28th October 1813.

Dear Sir

This will be handed you by my friend Capt Ross a young gentleman on a visit to the United States from Hamburg a nephew to Mr David Ross, who wishes to pay his respects to you, your politeness & Attention to him will confer an Obligation on

Sir Yr Mo Obdt

Hor. Turpin

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 12 Nov. 1813 and so recorded in SJL.

Writing from Richmond the preceding day, Edward Ross advised his friend David Parish that “After I have gone, all the diversions through at the Oxford Iron Works, I shall proceed on from thence to Monticello; for my Uncle [david ross], intends giving me a letter of Introduction to Mr Thos Jefferson, who is a very intimate friend and School Mate of his and where I am promised to meet with a very hospitable Reception. My Uncle will also give me letters of Introduction to Mr Madison and Monroe” (RC at NCaS; addressed: “David Parish Esquire. &c Philadelphia”; stamped; postmarked 28 Oct.; endorsed by Parish as received 1 Nov. 1813 and answered the same day). No letter of introduction from David Ross to TJ for Edward Ross is recorded in SJL and none has been found.

On 23 Nov. 1813 Ross again wrote Parish, this time from Mount Ida in Buckingham County, to inform him that he had just returned “from Monticello, where I have been some time and was much delighted with the very friendly & hospitable Reception I met with from Mr Jefferson; what strong impression his amiable Grand Daughter Miss Randolph has made upon my Heart is impossible to describe and between you and me, I have some reason to believe, she is not alltogether indifferent to what regards me. … I have not rode ever since my return from Monticello, where I intend very soon making another long Visit as Mr Jefferson particularly begged me so to do and appears to have taken a great liking to me, for he did ride every day out with me, did show me all his Mills, farms, Machineries, Curiosities &c &c he conversed with me about Politicks all day long, about Europe and many other Countries” (RC at NCaS; addressed: “David Parish Esqre &c &c &c Philadelphia Pennsilvania”; stamped; postmarked New Canton, 23 Nov.; endorsed by Parish as received 29 Nov. 1813 and answered the following day).

Index Entries

  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Madison, James; letters of introduction to search
  • Monroe, James; letters of introduction to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); invitations to visit search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Visitors to; Ross, Edward search
  • Oxford Iron Works (Campbell Co. firm) search
  • Parish, David; and E. Ross search
  • Ross, David; and nephew E. Ross search
  • Ross, Edward; and Oxford Iron Works search
  • Ross, Edward; infatuated with TJ’s granddaughter search
  • Ross, Edward; letters of introduction for search
  • Ross, Edward; visits Monticello search
  • Turpin, Horatio; introduces E. Ross to TJ search
  • Turpin, Horatio; letters from search