Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Hugh Nelson, 9 February 1817

To Hugh Nelson

Monticello Feb. 9. 17.

Dear Sir

I have duly recieved your favor covering the letter from mr Sullivan and have addressed the answer to himself directly. if his plan of applying the steamboat to the upper navigation succeeds it will be of great advantage to us.

For political news we look to your quarter, and our neighborhood offers nothing worth communicating. we have had near a month of very hard weather, the thermometer having been one morning as low as 6.° say 26.° below ice. very little snow has fallen, that now on the ground having made up only 8.I. for the whole winter. much is apprehended for our wheat, and I never saw it look worse. corn is at 5. 6. 7.D. according to it’s position, and considerable fear of want. we are all rejoicing at the near prospect of seeing once more in circulation the good old metallic money which may give us a measure of the value of our property, instead of being to be measured itself by the indefinite standard of property. I salute you with great friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Horatio G. Spafford to TJ; at foot of text: “The honble Hugh Nelson”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • boats; steamboats search
  • corn; effect of weather on search
  • currency; metallic search
  • Nelson, Hugh; forwards letter search
  • Nelson, Hugh; letters to search
  • steamboats; for U.S. river navigation search
  • Sullivan, John Langdon; promotes inland navigation search
  • Sullivan, John Langdon; steam towboat of search
  • weather; cold search
  • wheat; effect of weather on search