Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Samuel J. Harrison, Charles Johnston, and Archibald Robertson, [13] August 1817

To Samuel J. Harrison, Charles Johnston, and Archibald Robertson

Poplar Forest Aug. 12. [13] 17.

Dear Sir

Monsr de Laage, a gentleman from France, lately removed to Lynchburg, has lived some time in Charlottesville, where he became known to myself, and greatly1 esteemed by all for his great worth, his correct and amiable manners. he was in the military line in France, of the most respectable connections & standing there; but by the chances of their various & calamitous revolutions, has been obliged to leave his country and fortunes, & to seek both under another sky. the firmness with which he accomodates himself to his new situation, his frank and friendly dispositions, his good sense and unassuming demeanor render him truly worthy of the esteem of those among whom he is settled. I ask leave to present him to your notice and civilities, and any good offices you can render him will be gratefully recieved by him, and acknoleged thankfully by myself. with Madame de Laage I had not the opportunity of becoming personally acquainted, but was the witness of her praise from every one who knew her, altho’ her merits could not but be obscured by2 her not speaking our language. I avail myself of the occasion which the making known to you these worthy emigrants furnishes of assuring you of my great & friendly esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Burton Harrison Collection); misdated; addressed: “Samuel Harrison esq. Lynchburg favored by M. de Laage.” PoC of RC to Johnston (MoSHi: TJC-BC); on verso of reused address cover of otherwise unlocated letter from Joseph Gales (1761–1841) to TJ, 23 May 1817 (addressed: “Hon. Thos Jefferson, Monticello. Albermarl County Va”; franked; postmarked Raleigh, N.C., 25 May; recorded in SJL as received 31 May 1817 from Raleigh); edge trimmed and stained; at foot of text: “Mr Charles Johnson Saml Harrison Archibd Robertson”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to Johnston of <12> 13 Aug. 1817 and so recorded in SJL, which lists the letters to Harrison and Robertson separately. Enclosed in TJ to A. F. De Laage, [13] Aug. 1817.

1PoC: “highly.”

2PoC: “her merits were the less obvious from.”

Index Entries

  • De Laage, A. F.; introduced by TJ search
  • De Laage, A. F.; moves to Lynchburg search
  • De Laage, Madame (A. F. De Laage’s wife); introduced by TJ search
  • Gales, Joseph (1761–1841); letter from accounted for search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; and A. F. De Laage search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction from search
  • Johnston, Charles; letters to search
  • Johnston, Charles; TJ introduces A. F. De Laage to search
  • Robertson, Archibald; letters to search
  • Robertson, Archibald; TJ introduces A. F. De Laage to search