Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to George Divers, 2 July 1818

To George Divers

Monticello July 2. 18.

Dear Sir

I have been intending in some of my college visits to go on and ask a dinner of you, but latterly my daily rides have been in the opposite direction to explore a slate quarry a mile or two below Milton. why our family has not been to see yours cannot be said but for the lazy reason of never doing to-day what can be put off to tomorrow. I set out for Bedford tomorrow, and shall return just in time for the meeting of Aug. 1. at Rockfish gap. the roughness of the road will induce me to prefer a horse, and as it is too far for me to ride in one day I propose on the Thursday preceding to ask a dinner & bed of you, which will enable me to get to the gap on Friday evening, our meeting being for Saturday. mr Madison will be with me, and probably judge Roane & mr Tazewell, [so t]hat we shall lumber you up pretty well for an evening. affectionately your’s.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Bernard Peyton to TJ, 16 Mar. 1818; mutilated at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Divers”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Divers, George; letters to search
  • Divers, George; TJ visits search
  • horses; TJ rides search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Rockfish Gap search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); as University of Virginia commissioner search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • roads; poor condition of search
  • Roane, Spencer; as University of Virginia commissioner search
  • Tazewell, Littleton Waller; and University of Virginia Commission search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; commissioners’ meeting at Rockfish Gap search