Thomas Jefferson Papers

Robert Walsh to Thomas Jefferson, 12 March 1818

From Robert Walsh

City of Washington March 12th 1818

Dear Sir

Your acceptable letter of the 19th Ulto: and the tract of Mr Tracy were received in due season. Owing to the attention which I found myself impelled by curiosity to give to the debates of Congress and the arguments of the Supreme Court, I did not get leisure to Cast my eye over the work of Tracy, until yesterday. Mr Correa had read it before me, and prepared me to enjoy what may be truly described as an original and most profound enquiry into the Certainty of human knowledge. It is, however, misnamed as a treatise of Logic. It deals with the substance more than the forms, of reasoning. I will take care that it shall be carefully returned. The paragraph of your letter concerning the Register, I have Sent to Dobson, in the expectation that it may open his eyes to his own interests.

I Suffer at this moment a deep affliction in observing a great alteration in the appearance of Mr Correa. His health is evidently on the decline, and his spirits flag in proportion. The journey to Monticello in May will be the best remedy. The Society of your family, and an abstraction of Some weeks from political Concerns will minister efficaciously both to his body and mind.

I beg you to retain the volumes of Grimm as long as they continue to furnish amusement to you, or the members of your family. You will observe in perusing them, that they contain materials of Much importance for the political history of France & Europe. The anecdotic part of them is that which has, tho’ undeservedly, attracted the attention even of the higher order of readers—I mean the chit-chat about the wits and amusements of Paris.

I tender my very respectful compliments to Colonel & Mrs Randolph, and have the honor to be, with perfect consideration,
Dear Sir, Your obt servt

Robert Walsh Jr

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “T. Jefferson Esqre”; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Mar. 1818 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • American Register; or Summary Review of History, Politics, and Literature (ed. R. Walsh) search
  • books; of correspondence search
  • books; on moral philosophy search
  • Congress, U.S.; debates in search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and Destutt de Tracy’sPrincipes Logiques search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; health of search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; visits Monticello search
  • Correspondance littéraire, philosophique et critique (F. M. Grimm) search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; Principes Logiques, ou Recueil de Faits relatifs a l’Intelligence Humaine search
  • Dobson, Thomas; andAmerican Register search
  • Grimm, Friedrich Melchior, baron von; Correspondance littéraire, philosophique et critique search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Corrêa da Serra, José search
  • moral philosophy; works on search
  • Principes Logiques, ou Recueil de Faits relatifs a l’Intelligence Humaine (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings sent to search
  • Supreme Court, U.S.; mentioned search
  • Walsh, Robert; and Destutt de Tracy’sPrincipes Logiques search
  • Walsh, Robert; and F. M. Grimm’sCorrespondance littéraire, philosophique et critique search
  • Walsh, Robert; and J. Corrêa da Serra search
  • Walsh, Robert; editor ofAmerican Register; or Summary Review of History, Politics, and Literature search
  • Walsh, Robert; letters from search