Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Bradbury, 29 February 1816

To John Bradbury

Monticello Feb. 29. 16.

Dear Sir

Your letter has laid by me a month unacknoleged and unacted on; which should not have happened, had not an engagement in a business of peculiar pressure obliged me to suspend all correspondence till I got thro’ it. I have now written to the Secretary at war, expressing to him your wish and your fitness for the appointment of a Commissioner on the Arkansa road. I should be very glad indeed if either in a public or private capacity you should be able to give us an account of the natural history of the Arkansa & Red river country. should your friends have sent you spare copies of the publication of your Western discoveries, I should be gratified by a sight of one of them. Accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); addressed: “Mr John Bradbury New York”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 2 Mar.; with penciled notation in an unidentified hand (mutilated at seal): “Charles Bra[. . .] Esqr Boston”; endorsed by TJ, with his notation: “retd from N.Y. because not found.” PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from Dabney Carr to TJ; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in Theodorus Bailey to TJ, 27 July 1816.

The secretary at war was William H. Crawford.

Index Entries

  • Bradbury, John; letters to search
  • Bradbury, John; seeks appointment search
  • Bradbury, John; work of published search
  • Crawford, William Harris; as secretary of war search
  • Missouri Territory; roads in search
  • roads; in Missouri Territory search
  • surveying; for roads search