Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, 24 April 1815

To Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte

Monticello Apr.1 24. 15.

Your favor, Madam, of Mar. 23. from the usual difficulties of the roads in that season, was so long coming to me that there was no hope of an answer still finding you in America: a circumstance of the less importance as my power of being useful to you, in the way requested, falls so far short of my wishes to be so. the fact is that the persons of distinction with whom I had particular acquaintance while in France, and to whom it would have been a gratification to me, as well as yourself, to have made you known, were all swept off by the violences of the revolution, or have since been withdrawn from life by it’s ordinary occurrences: for it is now 25. years since I left that country. my present correspondence there is merely with the literati, whose persons are mostly unknown to me, as having appeared on that theatre since I left it. under this inability to render you service I inclose you a letter to mr Gallatin, our minister there, merely as an evidence of what I would wish to do, could I do more; and I send it thro’ the medium of your friends in Baltimore, as most likely to know where, and thro what channel it may reach you. you will have the goodness to accept it as the offering merely of my great respect and consideration

Th: Jefferson

RC (MdHi: Elizabeth Patterson Papers); addressed: “Mrs Elizabeth Patterson recommended to the care of the Minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America at the Hague.” PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Bonaparte to TJ, 25 Mar. 1815; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Albert Gallatin, 24 Apr. 1815 (second letter). Enclosed in TJ to John Hollins, 22 Apr. 1815.

Bonaparte’s letter to TJ was dated 25 Mar. 1815, not mar. 23.

1First letter reworked from “M.”

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