Thomas Jefferson Papers

Benjamin Henry Latrobe to Thomas Jefferson, 14 April 1818

From Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Baltimore April 14h 1818

Dear Sir,

Since my retirement from the public service I no longer hear from You, in answer to the letters I have written transmitting the information you requested, in the only manner in which I could, myself, obtain it. This is the only bad consequence which has resulted to me from my resignation, and the displeasure of the President US.

I enclose you, I hope without offence, a statement which was rendered necessary in consequence of my losing a very honorable & lucrative employment on the plea of my extravagance; the President’s authority having been used as the ground of the charge.—For the President, I shall always retain the highest respect, well aware of the course of intrigue that suddenly induced him to forbid me all approach to him personally & by letter. He will be undeceived, tho’ perhaps too late.—I have here more employ than ever, and such as produces for me respect & independence. I shall always be very truly

& gratefully Yours

B H Latrobe

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 6 May 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Littleton W. Tazewell, 28 June 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Baltimore, 14 Apr.

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