Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles Clay, 12 July 1817

To Charles Clay

Poplar forest July 12. 17.

Dear Sir

This is the only fair day since you were here, & being to depart tomorrow, I must employ it otherwise than in paying the visit I had intended you. I shall be back however within 3. weeks and have time then to render the double.

In the mean while as your Paul is desirous of laying up useful things in the storehouse of his mind, I send him a little bundle of canons of conduct which may merit a shelf after the one occupied by the Decalogue1 of first authority. if he will get them by heart, occasions will not be wanting for their useful application. you can furnish him also with another decad, and, regulating his life by this Code of practice, it may bring pleasure and profit to himself, and praise from others. wishing pleasure, profit, and praise to him, to you, and yours, I salute you with constant friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); with subjoined FC of enclosure. Enclosure: TJ to Paul A. Clay, [ca. 12 July 1817].

1Manuscript: “Decalouge.”

Index Entries

  • Bible; Ten Commandments search
  • children; and TJ’s Canons of Conduct search
  • Clay, Charles; family of search
  • Clay, Charles; letters to search
  • Clay, Charles; TJ visits search
  • Clay, Paul Aurelius; TJ’s Canons of Conduct sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Canons of Conduct search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search