Thomas Jefferson Papers

Philip Thornton to Thomas Jefferson, 24 January 1816

From Philip Thornton

Richmond January 24th 1816

Dr Sir

I will pay to your order in Town, or remit $150 the sum due you, on account of the Bridge, as you may direct. Your friends here evinced a high degree of affliction at a report of your death, by way of Lynchburg, stated in an extract of a letter from some merchant in that place

fortunately a letter of yours, to a house in this Town, of the same date was conclusive evidence to the contrary—It oftener happens that men suffer the pain of many deaths; than their friends, the pain of lamenting it. May you die but once, and that period be a protracted one is the Sincere wish of your

Friend and Humble Servant

Philip Thornton

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 30 Jan. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Alexander J. Dallas, 26 Feb. 1816, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson esqr Montichello Charlottsville”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Richmond, 24 Jan., and Charlottesville, 28 Jan.

On 6 Feb. 1816 TJ recorded that he had sent Patrick Gibson an order “on Philip Thornton for 150.D. rent for the Natural bridge” (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 , 2:1319).

Index Entries

  • Gibson, Patrick; and payments to TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and lease of Natural Bridge search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; death of rumored search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; lease of search
  • Thornton, Philip; and TJ’s rumored death search
  • Thornton, Philip; leases Natural Bridge from TJ search
  • Thornton, Philip; letters from search