Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Elisha Ticknor, 14 February 1818

To Elisha Ticknor

Monticello Feb. 14. 18.

Dear Sir

A letter recieved from the Cardinal Dugnani at Rome giving me occasion to write to him, I have thought it possible my letter might be got there before mr Tickner, your son, will have left that place, and that it might be useful to him to deliver it. it will ensure him every friendly office the Cardinal can render him, and may place under his observation a circle of society which perhaps he may not otherwise have an opportunity of contemplating. I have therefore made his recommendation a part of my letter. the Cardinal is a most worthy man, warm-hearted, correct, modest as a private individual, and from his high connections, and early advancement, as likely as any other [to] become himself a tenant of St Peter’s chair. during our [res]idenc[e]1 at Paris we contracted a personal friendship which has since been kept up by an intercourse of letters. I therefore take the liberty of inclosing this letter to you, in the hope that your knolege of the movements of your son, and of the shortest channels of communication with him, may enable you to contrive it to his hands, and still ensure it’s reaching it’s destination, should it fail to go thro’ him. I am glad of every opportunity of endeavoring to be useful to him, and of renewing to yourself the assurance of my perfect esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; torn at seal; at foot of text: “Elisha Tickner esq.”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Antonio Dugnani, 14 Feb. 1818.

For the recent letter from cardinal dugnani at rome, which was actually addressed to Ambrose Maréchal, the archbishop of Baltimore, see note to Maréchal to TJ, 28 Jan. 1818. The pope occupies st peter’s chair.

1Beginning of word torn at seal; ending of word faint.

Index Entries

  • Dugnani, Antonio; TJ introduces G. Ticknor to search
  • Dugnani, Antonio; TJ on search
  • Ticknor, Elisha; and G. Ticknor’s travels search
  • Ticknor, Elisha; forwards letters to and from TJ search
  • Ticknor, Elisha; letters to search
  • Ticknor, George; TJ’s letters of introduction for search
  • Ticknor, George; travels of search