Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, 11 March [1818]

From Joseph C. Cabell

Wills’s Tavern. Fluvanna. 11. March

Dear Sir,

I have just arrived here on my way home, having left my wife in the lower country till the roads get better. My plan is to stay at home about a week, and to call on you either in going or coming. When I get to Genl Cocke’s this evening, I shall be informed whether there is any necessity for my calling on my way up; shd there not be, as I have great occasion to see to my domestic concerns, I shall defer my visit to you, till I shall be coming down, a week or ten days hence. I should be tempted to come on to Monticello this evening, but the roads are horrible, and I am glad to leave the stage, and beg the loan of a horse. I left Richmond yesterday morning. The Executive will appoint the Commissioners on the 18th inst. Probably you will not be nominated in consequence of the considerations stated in your last. Upon that point I consulted some four or five of your intelligent friends; and left the matter in their hands. As for myself, in the event of your not being appointed, I have taken so active a part, that I thought it would be injurious to the cause, for me to be a member: & accordingly to a member of the Executive who spoke of me, I requested not to be put in nomination. I shall be able to say much more to you on this subject, when I have the pleasure to see you. In the interim

I remain faithfully yours,

Joseph C. Cabell

RC (ViU: TJP-PC); partially dated; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 11 Mar. 1818 received two days later and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Thomas Jordan, 21 May 1818, on verso; addressed: “Mr Jefferson Monticello”; stamped; postmarked Wilmington, Va., 11 Mar. 1818.

Index Entries

  • Bremo (J. H. Cocke’s Fluvanna Co. estate) search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; and University of Virginia Commission search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; letters from search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; visits Monticello search
  • Cabell, Mary Walker Carter (Joseph C. Cabell’s wife); travels of search
  • carriages; stagecoaches search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); and Bremo (house) search
  • Fluvanna County, Va.; taverns in search
  • horses; mentioned search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Public Service; and University of Virginia Commission search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Cabell, Joseph C. search
  • Richmond, Va.; stagecoach to and from search
  • roads; in Va. search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; commissioners search
  • Virginia; Council of State search
  • Virginia; governor search
  • Virginia; roads in search
  • Virginia; taverns in search
  • Wills’s Tavern (Fluvanna Co.) search