Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Wirt, 12 October 1817

To William Wirt

Monticello Oct. 12. 17.

Dear Sir

I recieved, on my return to this place, your favor of Sep. 9. with a load of other letters which have occupied me till now. late as my answer is, I can give it no value from it’s matter. altho’ my aversion to the writing table has become almost insurmountable, I would yet sit down to it to aid the magazine of mr Rice, were I possessed of any thing either on paper or in memory which could be useful to him. but whatever works published by Virginians I may have ever possessed, they are all gone out of my hands to Washington. their titles indeed may be seen in the printed copy of my catalogue which I gave to the Governor & council: & as to memory it’s decline has long since commenced & keeps full pace with that of the body. it retains not much, & even that not to be trusted. I have nothing therefore to offer but regret for my inutility,1 and always assurances to yourself personally of my affectte esteem & respect.

Th Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from A. F. De Laage to TJ; mutilated at seal, with three words rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Wirt”; endorsed by TJ. Tr (MdHi: Wirt Papers).

1Tr: “inability.”

Index Entries

  • Catalogue of the Library of the United States (G. Watterston) search
  • health; memory loss search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; catalogue of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; fatiguing to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; memory loss search
  • Library of Congress; Catalogue of the Library of the United States. To Which is Annexed, A Copious Index, Alphabetically Arranged (G. Watterston) search
  • Library of Congress; TJ sells personal library to search
  • Rice, John Holt; as editor ofVirginia Evangelical and Literary Magazine search
  • Virginia; literature of search
  • Virginia Evangelical and Literary Magazine search
  • Watterston, George; Catalogue of the Library of the United States search
  • Wirt, William; and J. H. Rice search
  • Wirt, William; letters to search