Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Cary Nicholas, 1 May 1818

To Wilson Cary Nicholas

Poplar Forest May 1. 18.

[De]ar1 Sir

I recieved at this place, and yesterday only your favor of the 19th. if it has not loitered on the road, it mus[t] have been at Lynchburg with which I have but uncertain communications. were a hesitation possible at the request it contains, it would proceed only from the wish to leave at the close of life as clear a state of things as possible for those who are to come after me; to be able, as they say, to turn key and go, cheerly. but this consideration yields to the desire of rendering you service. I willingly therefore return you the papers you inclosed, with my endorsements, as I shall those which may hereafter, be necessary for their continuance, reposing my self with entire confidence in your care & assurances for you well know that a Virginia farmer has no resource for meeting sudden and large calls for money.   the unskilful management of my farms has subjected me to some temporary uneasiness, which better management & better seasons will, I trust, require not more time to relieve than I ma[y] yet expect, and spare me the only pain of unreadiness whic[h] I could feel at the hour of departure. ever & affectionately


Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of Charles Johnston to TJ, [5 Dec. 1817]; edge trimmed; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures not found.

1First two letters of word missing due to polygraph malfunction.

Index Entries

  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; endorses notes for W. C. Nicholas search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); finances of search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); letters to search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); TJ endorses notes for search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search