Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Levett Harris, 21 July 1818

To Levett Harris

Monticello July 21. 18.

Dear Sir

On my return from a visit to a distant and occasional residence of mine, I found here your letter of the 2d inst. with the Essay of Professor Fischer for whose attention in sending it to me I am very thankful, and, should you have other occasion to write to him, I will pray you to express my thanks to him. I assure you that I am disappointed in your failure to be nominated to Petersbg. soon after I had the pleasure of your visit here, I had a full conversation with the President on your subject & of the mission to St Petersbg, and the favorable terms in which he spoke of you, & of your fitness for it, led me to expect your appointment. I consider the friendship of the emperor, and his present station as Arbiter of Europe, as of the utmost importance to the US. while there is a combination of sovereigns whose league seems to have for object the maintenance of kingly government generally. my belief is that you would have been acceptable to him, and that your knolege [of] the ground would have given you advantages which a stranger will be long acquiring. no doubt that reasons unknown to either you or myself have dictated the present appointment. with my regrets on public, as well as personal account, be pleased to accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; one word faint; at foot of text: “Levett Harris esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

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  • Alexander I, emperor of Russia; diplomatic appointments search
  • Essai sur la Turquoise et sur la Calaite (G. Fischer) search
  • Fischer, Gotthelf; Essai sur la Turquoise et sur la Calaite search
  • Harris, Levett; as consul at Saint Petersburg search
  • Harris, Levett; letters to search
  • Harris, Levett; sends book to TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Alexander I search
  • Monroe, James; and appointments search
  • Russia; U.S. minister to search
  • Saint Petersburg; U.S. consul at search