Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Christopher Clark, 5 November 1815

To Christopher Clark

Poplar Forest Nov. 5. 15.

Dear Sir

I had every thing packed and prepared yesterday to set out this morning for Mount Prospe[c]t; but Genl Jackson called on me in the forenoon, and a committ[e]e from the citizens of Lynchbg in the afternoon to invite me to partake of a dinner they give the General on Tuesday. respect to the citizens of Lynchburg as well as the hero of N. Orleans forbade a refusal. I will however be with you to dinner on Wednesday. should you conclude to join the party in Lynchburg in their respect to the general, we may return here in the evening of Tuesday, and set off together on Wednesday morning for our operations at the peak. be so good as to accept this apology for my failure to our appointment & the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; two words faint; at foot of text: “Mr Clarke”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ left for Mount Prospect on or about wednesday, 8 Nov., and stayed until 12 Nov. 1815 (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1316; TJ to Charles Clay, 18 Nov. 1815).

Index Entries

  • altitude; calculations for Peaks of Otter search
  • Clark, Christopher Henderson; and height of Peaks of Otter search
  • Clark, Christopher Henderson; letters to search
  • Jackson, Andrew; at Poplar Forest search
  • Jackson, Andrew; Lynchburg festivities in honor of search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; A. Jackson honored in search
  • Mount Prospect (Christopher Henderson Clark’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Peaks of Otter, Va.; altitude of search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); visitors to search