Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Dabney Carr, 27 September 1814

To Dabney Carr

Monticello Sep. 27. 14.

Dear Sir

I thank you for setting me to rights as to my notices. I had trusted that an old experienced magistrate had1 given his certificate2 according to the existing laws, and therefore did not look into them. I now send you one in due form, and have corrected the others. I have set a long day in yours on consultation with judge Holmes. I return you also the paper you inclosed me.

I think you take the affair at Washington more to heart than it deserves. There is not a capital in Europe which has not been in the hands of Bonaparte except St Petersburg and London. and London itself by the acknolegement of their own historians when de Ruyter destroyed their ships at Chatham & sailed triumphantly up the Thames might have been burnt by him, had the examples of Copenhagen and Washington been then set. be assured it disgraces England more than it does us. it will work well in two ways; it places them in Europe in the attitude of Barbarians, and has roused our citizens who were really sunk in apathy. ever affectionately yours.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, Faneuil Hall, Boston, 1954); addressed: “The honble Dabney Carr Winchester”; franked; postmarked Milton, 29 Sept.; endorsed by Carr. PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ. Enclosures not found.

Carr probably sent the paper you inclosed me in his letter to TJ of 5 Sept. 1814, not found, but recorded in SJL as received 15 Sept. 1814 from Winchester. SJL also records a missing letter from Carr of 1 Nov. 1814, received 15 Nov. 1814 from Winchester.

1TJ here canceled “done.”

2In enhancing the faint PoC, TJ made this word plural.

Index Entries

  • Carr, Dabney (1773–1837) (TJ’s nephew); as judge search
  • Carr, Dabney (1773–1837) (TJ’s nephew); letters from accounted for search
  • Carr, Dabney (1773–1837) (TJ’s nephew); letters to search
  • Copenhagen; British attack on search
  • Great Britain; attacks Copenhagen search
  • Holmes, Hugh; as judge search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; British destruction in Washington search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Napoleon search
  • Napoleon I, emperor of France; TJ on search
  • Ruyter, Michiel Adriaanszoon de; Dutch admiral search
  • War of1812; British destruction in Washington search
  • Washington (D.C.); British destruction in search