Thomas Jefferson Papers

Margaret Page to Thomas Jefferson, 22 July 1818

From Margaret Page

Williamsburg, July 22nd 1818

Dear and most respected Sir!

Presuming on the pure and generous friendship! with which you so many years distinguish’d my lamented Husband! I take the liberty to introduce to you our only surviving Son (John Page) whose delicate State of health requires that he should take a Journey to the Springs; and having to pass thro’ your Neighbourhood—Reverence, Gratitude, and Affection! excite his anxious Wishes to behold You!

With deep Interest, and peculiar pleasure, I learn, the present State of your Health, inspires the Hope of many years continuance of your invaluable Life! Oh! long may it be protracted for the happiness of All who know and Love You!

The unfading rememberance of the kindness and attention I received from my dear Mrs Randolph, during my Visits at Monticello, still warms my Heart, and I beg leave to offer her, and her amiable Family, its best affections and most grateful attachment! and to assure you, revered Sir, that among its last Sentiments will be what I owe to your Friendship and Beneficence.

With the highest consideration
I am, dear Sir. most respectfully yours

Margaret Page.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 21 Aug. 1818 and so recorded in SJL.

Margaret Lowther Page (ca. 1760–1835), poet, moved from New York City to Williamsburg in 1790 when she married TJ’s friend John Page, then a congressman and later (1802–05) governor of Virginia. Both Page and her husband wrote poetry and exchanged their work with other authors, including fellow Williamsburg resident St. George Tucker. In 1790 the three collaborated on a volume of privately printed poems (copy in ViW, lacking title page, but with Margaret Page’s handwritten annotations). Page shared her poems with friends and published several in literary magazines, including the Port Folio and Mathew Carey’s American Museum. She died in Williamsburg (Joseph M. Flora and Lucinda H. Mackethan, eds., The Companion to Southern Literature [2002], 947, 971; Richard Channing Moore Page, Genealogy of the Page Family in Virginia [2d ed., 1893], 80; ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, 1999, 24 vols. description ends , 16:902–3; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 41 vols. description ends , 38:283–4; Daphne Hamm O’Brien, “From plantation to Parnassus: Poets and poetry in Williamsburg, Virginia, 1750–1800” [Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1993], 43–4, 160, 169; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 30 Oct. 1835).

John Page (ca. 1799–1838), attorney, attended the College of William and Mary, represented Williamsburg in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1825–26, and sat in the Senate of Virginia, 1832–36. In 1827 he was named to his alma mater’s board of visitors, which he chaired as rector by 1835. Page died in Richmond (William and Mary Provisional List description begins A Provisional List of Alumni, Grammar School Students, Members of the Faculty, and Members of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. From 1693 to 1888, 1941 description ends , 31, 54; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, 1978 description ends ; Page, Genealogy of the Page Family, 80; Nathan Reingold, Marc Rothenberg, and others, eds., Papers of Joseph Henry [1972–2008], 2:457–60; Marshall, Papers description begins Herbert A. Johnson, Charles T. Cullen, Charles F. Hobson, and others, eds., The Papers of John Marshall, 1974–2006, 12 vols. description ends , 12:61–2, 552; Richmond Enquirer, 23, 30 Oct. 1838).

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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Page, John (1743–1808); family of search
  • Page, John (ca.1799–1838); identified search
  • Page, John (ca.1799–1838); introduced to TJ search
  • Page, Margaret Lowther (wife of John Page [1743–1808]); identified search
  • Page, Margaret Lowther (wife of John Page [1743–1808]); introduces son search
  • Page, Margaret Lowther (wife of John Page [1743–1808]); letter from search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); as hostess at Monticello search
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