Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Richard Bache, 17 January 1818

To Richard Bache

Monticello Jan. 17. 18.

Dear Sir

I have just recieved your favor of the 3d and not doubting the value of a paper which shall be edited by you, I should willingly subscribe to that you propose to edit. but there is a time for every thing, & that for withdrawing from all new engagements is come for me. I have long since excused myself from new papers, & got rid of all the old except one of my own state & one out of it; & of these I read but here & there a scrap. from a confidence in the advance of knolege, I am sure the rising generation will be wiser than that going off the stage, and cheerfully therefore commit myself implicitly to their care [as] a mere passenger in the vessel it is now their turn to [arrange?].1

I sincerely wish you success in your undertaking and [assure] you of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas Cooper to TJ, 20 Nov. 1817; torn at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Richard Bache”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ still subscribed to the Richmond Enquirer of his own state and the Baltimore Niles’ Weekly Register, the New-York Public Sale Report, the Philadelphia Aurora, and the Washington National Intelligencer out of it. Late this year he canceled his subscription to the last three newspapers (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, 2 vols., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1349).

1Word illegible.

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