From John Minor
Fredericksbg. Oct 24th 15.
The young Gentleman who will deliver this Letter (Mr Dumolin) is from Ireland, his native Country, which he has left for the purpose of not1 witnessing the cruel lacerations, which are daily inflicted on her, and of courting Fortune where she may be kinder; he has fixed on our Country as the last asylum of Liberty; but before he adopts the place of his final settlement wishes to traverse the Country, and become acquainted with the People—his motive for visiting Montecello, is to become acquainted with a Man whose well earned fame has procured him the Thanks of his Country, and intitled him to the approbation of the Wise of all nations. his introduction to me is from a Gentleman of high respectability, lately of the American Army: I have been in his company only a few Hours, and have been much pleased with his Conversation and Manners: These with his Letter from Mr Emmett, will be his best recommendation to your Hospitality and attention—
I am with high respect & Esteem
RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); endorsed by TJ as a letter from John Minor received 25 Oct. 1815 and so recorded in SJL.
1. Word interlined in place of “avoid.”