From Thomas Jefferson Abbott
state of ohio Ros County Living on the North
Fork of paint Creek seven miles from
Chillicothe1 November 12the AD 1814
we are all tolerable well At present Exept my father who is Down with the Rhuematick pains & has been Subject to it this six years & I hope these Lines will find you & yours Enjoying your healths And I, am named after you sir and was Born Just Eight days Before you took your Seat as late president of unighted states of America—and I shal beg leave of you to Ask of You a small Complement or Gift, Which If granted I Shall bee most Gratefuly & humble Obliged to you for it and sir y[ou m]ust pleas To Excuse, for my writing as I never had more Than Ninty Days schoolling & my mother has Had twins three times & has had Ten 10 Children2
|Thomas Jefferson Abbott|
RC (MHi); mutilated at seal; addressed (trimmed): “To the honorable Thomas Jeferson secrty [. . .]”; franked; endorsed by TJ as received 14 Dec. 1814 from Chillicothe and so recorded in SJL.
1. Remainder of dateline between body of letter and closing.
2. Abbott here canceled “As follows.”