Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Milledge, 22 September 1815

To John Milledge

Poplar Forest, near Lynchburg. Sep. 22. 15.

Dear Sir

Two friends, who lately accompanied me to this place have proceeded on a tour through the Southern country. the one of these is mr Correa a gentleman from Portugal, of the first order of science, being without exception the most learned man I have ever met with in any country: modest, good-humored, familiar, plain as a country farmer, he becomes the favorite of every one with whom he becomes acquainted. he speaks English with ease. he is accompanied by mr Francis Gilmer, son of Doctor Gilmer formerly of my neighborhood, the best educated young man of our state, and of the most amiable dispositions. he travels with his friend Correa, as with a Mentor, for the benefit of his conversation and the information and improvement he may derive from it; and he will be in future whatever he pleases in either the State, or General government. at home in every science, botany is their favorite. as every plant of any singularity stays them, their progress will be slow, and this letter will reach you by mail long before they will reach your residence. pray recieve them as strangers, as men of science, of worth, and as my friends. they are persons of whom every country should ambition the good opinion. I know the value they will set on the information you can give them as to the vegetables of your state, and whatever else they wish to learn concerning it, and that which you will set on their esteem when they shall be known to you. I am the more gratified in being instrumental to this, as it furnishes me a new occasion of assuring you of my great friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Rosa Milledge Pattillo, Atlanta, 1971); at foot of text: “Govr Milledge.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to José Corrêa da Serra, 22 Sept. 1815, TJ to John Rhea, 22 Sept. 1815, Rhea to TJ, 20 Nov. 1815, and TJ to Corrêa da Serra, 1 Jan. 1816.

Index Entries

  • botany; study of search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; friendship with F. W. Gilmer search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; introduced by TJ search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; travels with TJ search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; friendship with J. Corrêa da Serra search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; introduced by TJ search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; travels with TJ search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; U.S. travels of search
  • Gilmer, George (d.1795); family of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; F. W. Gilmer search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; J. Corrêa da Serra search
  • Milledge, John; letters to search
  • Milledge, John; TJ introduces F. W. Gilmer to search
  • Milledge, John; TJ introduces J. Corrêa da Serra to search