Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Payne Todd to Thomas Jefferson, 31 August 1816

From John Payne Todd

Mont Pelier Augt 31st 16.

My Dear Sir,

A week after the valuable letter you honored [me]1 with, I received your highly prized present, a pr of Turkish Pistols of curious workmanship which shall be preserved with all that devotedness of respect and affection I feel for you—Until the present moment I had hoped to have paid you my respects and thanked you in person but learning from Mr Rush of your intended visit to Bedford I am induced to pospone this pleasure; in the mean time I beg you to be assured of my wishes for a continuance of your health [and]2 of my very affectionate tho’ respectful attachment.

J. Payne Todd.

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Th: Jefferson Esqre”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Sept. 1816 and so recorded in SJL.

1Omitted word editorially supplied.

2Omitted word editorially supplied.

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