Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Wayles Eppes to Thomas Jefferson, 17 January 1817

From John Wayles Eppes

Buckingham Jan: 17. 1817.

Dear Sir,

Francis has been detained in consequence of the severe indisposition of two of my children—They are now however nearly restored to health.

I received by the last Mail a letter from Mr Baker at Richmond in which he States that Mr Wood had Just opened a School in that place and was very anxious to have Francis as one of his pupils—He has declined returning to Lynchburg[.] Mr Baker proposes sending his Son Wayles—

Having Stated to you on a former occasion the pleasure I Should feel in yielding to your Superior Judgement the direction of Francis’s education the proposition is submitted for your approbation or rejection. If he goes to Mr Wood he might perhaps derive advantage from commencing as nearly as possible with the School—Of the time necessary for his learning Spanish I can form no opinion. Francis understood you to say two months—whenever you think it best for him to leave Monticello I will send for him and put him with Mr Wood or in any other situation Which you may prefer—

Since your leaving us I have received an appointment which I should not have Sought but of which I feel myself compelled to accept—I was brought forward in consequence of a letter from one of my friends proposing to me the appointment of Governor—In reply to this I stated that my health would prevent my accepting any appointment which would require my personal attention during the present winter, but that if Mr Mason declined a reelection as Senator and my friends thought proper to bestow on me that appointment I would endeavour to merit their confidence by a faithful discharge of the duties—Many of those who Supported me the last year voted against me I understand from an idea that the State of my health would prevent my accepting the appointment—

Be so good as to present me affectionately to Mrs Randolph and the family at Monticello—I hope at some other time we shall have an opportunity of seeing yourself and family in your way to or from Bedford—I need not add that it will afford us the highest gratification. Mrs Eppes unites with me in friendly greetings to the family. I shall Send in February for the grape Slips of which I will give you notice—I have written to Mr Burton for the wine—

Whenever you think Martin can return after the first of February be So good as to give him a pass—I shall want him about that time as he is my clover man—

accept for your health & happiness every wish from yours sincerely

Jno: W: Eppes

RC (MHi); edge chipped; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Jan. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ’s grandson francis Eppes carried the above letter from his father to Monticello (see TJ to John Wayles Eppes, 24 Jan. 1817). many of those who supported me the last year voted against me: although the Virginia General Assembly had elected Eppes in December 1815 to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by William B. Giles, he declined the post at that time because of poor health (JSV description begins Journal of the Senate of Virginia description ends [1815–16 sess.], 8 [7 Dec. 1815]; Alexandria Herald, 20 Dec. 1815).

Index Entries

  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); and J. W. Baker’s education search
  • Baker, John Wayles (TJ’s grandnephew); education of search
  • Burton, Hutchins Gordon; and wine for TJ search
  • clover; as crop search
  • crops; clover search
  • education; at Monticello search
  • education; of J. W. Baker search
  • education; Spanish language search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); delivers letters search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, at Monticello search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, in Lynchburg search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, in Richmond search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); and wine for TJ search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); as U.S. senatorial candidate search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); family of search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); health of search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); letters from search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); relationship with son search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); sends greetings search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); slaves of search
  • Eppes, Martha Burke Jones (John Wayles Eppes’s second wife); sends greetings search
  • Giles, William Branch; as U.S. senator search
  • grapes; vine cuttings search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; schools in search
  • Martin (J. W. Eppes’s slave); training of search
  • Mason, Armistead Thomson; as U.S. senatorial candidate search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); schooling at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); slaves at search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • Richmond, Va.; schools in search
  • schools and colleges; in Lynchburg search
  • schools and colleges; in Richmond search
  • slaves; of J. W. Eppes search
  • Spanish language; study of search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search
  • Virginia; governor search
  • wine; TJ orders from H. G. Burton search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); Richmond school of search