Thomas Jefferson Papers

Richard Rush to Thomas Jefferson, 19 February 1817

From Richard Rush

Washington February 19. 1817

Dear sir.

There are so many motives for visiting Monticello, that it is no wonder all are ambitious to do so. Mr Derby, a gentleman of Boston and greatly in esteem among those who have the pleasure of his acquaintance, desires to pay his respects to you, and I know how largely I shall promote his gratification in thus affording him an opportunity.

Inducements more than common, operate with Mr Derby. He contemplates going to Europe soon, with his accomplished lady, and he well appreciates the disadvantage it would be to leave his country without the honor of being known to you.

I beg you, sir, to pardon the freedom upon which I venture; and, together with my prayers for the continuance of every blessing to you, to accept the assurances of my sincere and profound respect.

Richard Rush.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 27 Feb. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Joseph Dougherty, 23 Mar. 1817, on verso; addressed: “Mr Jefferson. Monticello” by “Mr Derby.” Enclosed in Richard C. Derby to TJ, 23 Feb. 1817.

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  • Derby, Martha Coffin (Richard C. Derby’s wife); proposed visit to Monticello of search
  • Derby, Richard Crowninshield; introduced to TJ search
  • Derby, Richard Crowninshield; proposed visit to Monticello of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Rush, Richard; introduces R. C. Derby to TJ search
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