Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to José Corrêa da Serra, 26 April 1814

To José Corrêa da Serra

Monticello Apr. 26.1 14.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 10th by the delays of our winter post, is but just recieved and mine of the 19th I presume reaches you about this time. they have passed each other by the way. I am sorry that your visit to us will be delayed until your return from Kentucky; mais tout ce qui est differé n’est pas perdu; and it will then and always be welcome. you promise also to call on us en passant. should I have set out on my journey to Bedford, you will find mr & mrs Randolph here who will recieve you with the pleasure your society gives us all; as they will also your companion mr Walsh. his visit I should lose personally with real regret, entertaining equal esteem for his worth and talents. it is still however possible that I may be detained some days longer than I expect; as my departure hangs on certain circumstances not within my controul. should you therefore have left Philadelphia on the 1st of May as you propose, and make no stay at Washington, I do not entirely despair of participating of your company here, altho’ you may not have recieved this letter apprising you of the possibility.

The first Western mail shall carry a letter to Govr Claiborne, or perhaps to a friend in Natchez more conversant in Botanical researches, to engage an execution of your request as to the Bow-wood. not entirely without a hope of seeing yourself & mr Walsh here, but in every case wishing you a pleasant journey & safe return, I salute you with affection & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC: TJ Papers, 201:35743); at foot of text: “M. Correa de Serra”; endorsed by TJ.

mais tout ce qui est differé n’est pas perdu: “but not all that is postponed is lost.” The friend in natchez was Samuel Brown, to whom TJ wrote on 28 Apr. 1814.

1Reworked from “25.”

Index Entries

  • Brown, Samuel; and Osage orange search
  • Claiborne, William Charles Coles; plants requested from search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and Osage orange search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; letters to search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; proposed visit of search
  • Osage orange (bow-wood) search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); as hostess at Monticello search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and J. Corrêa da Serra search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); as host at Monticello search
  • Walsh, Robert; proposed visit of search
  • Walsh, Robert; travels with J. Corrêa da Serra search