Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Philip Thornton, 8 January 1818

To Philip Thornton

Monticello Jan. 8. 18.

The above is the copy of a letter I wrote to you at the time of it’s date, and which, I was informed thro’ Colo Randolph, you had not recieved. the object of the present is to renew the offer therein made and to add that Patrick Henry the freeman of colour living there, informs me that some mischeivous people lately threw your kettle over the bridge and destroyed it. he says the canvas tube is entirely rotten, but that the rope is worth something.1 he seems to be an honest, intelligent man, & I dare say would execute any trust you would repose in him with fidelity. be so good as to favor me with an answer and to accept the assurance of my great2 esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Lafayette to TJ; upper half of page left blank, presumably filled in missing RC with a copy of the enclosure; torn at seal, with apparent loss of salutation; at foot of text: “Dr Philip Thornton”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Thornton, [18] Aug. 1817.

the bridge: Natural Bridge.

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

2Manuscript: “greet.”

Index Entries

  • Henry, Patrick (of Rockbridge Co.); and shot manufactory search
  • Henry, Patrick (of Rockbridge Co.); TJ on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and lease of Natural Bridge search
  • manufacturing; shot towers search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; and shot manufactory search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; lease of search
  • pots; kettles search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and lease of Natural Bridge search
  • rope search
  • shot manufacturing search
  • textiles; canvas search
  • Thornton, Philip; and shot manufactory search
  • Thornton, Philip; leases Natural Bridge from TJ search
  • Thornton, Philip; letters to search