Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Short, 19 June 1817

To William Short

Monticello June 19. 17.

Dear Sir

Mr Higginbotham having mortgaged to you the lands he purchased as a security for the paiments stipulated, & those payments being made, he thinks there should be a release of the mortgage on your part, for which purpose I inclose you an instrument with a note of the manner of acknolegement.

My letters from France inform me of the death of the Abbé Rochon, and that of his daughter a few hours before him. he left an unfinished history of steam-boats. a company is formed there to settle an agricultural and commercial colony on the coast of Senegal. two vessels with emigrants for that destination had already sailed & a third was ready to sail. the tide of military emigrants was setting chiefly to S. America; whether to increase the happiness of that people or not, is still a problem. I have lately had a visit from Baron Quenette, from whom I have recieved much interesting information as to the proceedings while the emperor of Russia and K. of Prussia were there. he appears to me a very sensible, well informed and able man, neither a friend to their late military tyrant nor to the ancien regime, but wishing and hoping for a limited monarchy and representative legislature. I hear of a critique commenced in some of the French journals on Franklin’s letters on political grounds.

We have nothing here worth communicating to you. we are endeavoring to establish a college in Albemarle, if we can get sufficient funds; but our chief hope is to draw to it the University which the state proposes, and for which liberal funds are provided. I set out for Bedford in a few days to be absent 3. weeks, and propose also to pass the months of August & September there. ever and affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViW: TJP); at foot of text: “W. Short esq.”; addressed (cut): “William [. . .]”; franked; postmarked Milton, 21 Ju[ne]. PoC (DLC); on verso of right half of reused address cover of Aaron Clark to TJ, 28 May 1817; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

The king of prussia was Frederick William III.

Index Entries

  • Alexander I, emperor of Russia; in France search
  • boats; steamboats search
  • Central College; as state university of Va. search
  • France; and colonization in West Africa search
  • France; emigrants from search
  • Franklin, Benjamin; correspondence of search
  • Frederick William III, king of Prussia; in France search
  • Higginbotham, David; and W. Short’s land search
  • Indian Camp (W. Short’s Albemarle Co. estate); sale of to D. Higginbotham search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and W. Short’s property search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Quinette de Rochemont search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Quinette de Rochemont, Nicolas Marie; visits Monticello search
  • Rochon, Alexis Marie; death of search
  • Rochon, Alexis Marie; work on steamboats by search
  • Senegal; and Société Coloniale Philanthropique de la Sénégambie search
  • Short, William; and Indian Camp search
  • Short, William; letters to search
  • South America; immigrants to search
  • steamboats; A. M. Rochon on history of search