Thomas Jefferson Papers

Wilson Cary Nicholas to Thomas Jefferson, 30 March 1818

From Wilson Cary Nicholas

Richmond March 30th 1818

My Dear Sir

My first impression after receiving your letter, in answer to mine about Mr Coffee, was that I wou’d not let him go; on account of your reluctance, but upon more reflection, I determined otherwise. I had experienced that he did not give much trouble, I was sure he wou’d give an excellent likeness, and was satisfied it wou’d be a great gratification to thousands of your country men to possess it. If you cou’d be induced to believe this, I am sure you wou’d pardon the manner in which I have used the discretion you gave me. I had a further view. I understand there is no likeness of your excellent daughter, and felt very anxious that this opportunity shou’d not be lost, of preserving the likeness1 of a lady, who is the ornament of her country & to whom her numerous friends are so warmly and deservedly attached. Mr Coffee, has executed Mrs Wickham’s & Mrs Nicholas’s with great success.

I am my Dear Sir with the greatest respect & regard sincerely yours

W. C. Nicholas

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 5 Apr. 1818 and so recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “likness.”

Index Entries

  • Coffee, William John; terra-cotta busts by search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Portraits; W. J. Coffee’s terra-cotta bust search
  • Nicholas, Margaret Smith (Wilson Cary Nicholas’s wife); W. J. Coffee’s terra-cotta bust of search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and W. J. Coffee search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); letters from search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); W. J. Coffee’s terra-cotta bust of search
  • sculpture; W. J. Coffee’s terra-cotta busts search
  • Wickham, Elizabeth Selden McClurg (John Wickham’s wife); W. J. Coffee’s terra-cotta bust of search