Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Sloan & Wise, 30 September 1817

To Sloan & Wise

Monticello Sep. 30. 17.

Messrs Sloane & Rice

Your favor of Sep. 18. was recieved on my return to this place after an absence of some weeks. I had before recieved one from messrs Goodman, Reed, Boyer & Duane on the subject to which your letter relates. I assure you, gentlemen, as I did them, that I left this place on the 29th of June to attend my harvest at a possession 90. miles distant, and did not return till the 15th of July. I have enquired of my family too, who assure me there was no person here on the 11th of July, when the conversation alluded to is pretended to have taken place, nor for a week before or after that date, except the family of a neighbor & relation. I further declare to you that every word of that preten[de]d conversation is false, and that I never did in my life utter [a w]ord disrespectful either of mr Findlay or mr Heister, the prese[nt] candidates for the office of Governor of Pensylvania. with the a[ss]urance of these truths, and of my regret for the imposition practised on you in my name, accept that of my great respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of portion of reused address cover to TJ; hole in manuscript; endorsed by TJ as a letter to “Sloane & Rice” and so recorded in SJL.

heister: Joseph Hiester.

Index Entries

  • Boyer, Isaac; and politics in Pa. search
  • Duane, William John; and Pa. politics search
  • Findlay, William; as Pa. gubernatorial candidate search
  • Goodman, John; and Pa. politics search
  • Hiester, Joseph; as Pa. gubernatorial candidate search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; spurious letter allegedly from search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; fictional visit to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; unidentified search
  • Pennsylvania; elections in search
  • politics; in Pa. search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Reed, Joseph (1772–1846); and Pa. politics search
  • Republican party; in Pa. search
  • Sloan & Wise (Chambersburg firm); letter to search
  • Sloan & Wise (Chambersburg firm); publishes false TJ quotes search