Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Le Ray de Chaumont to Thomas Jefferson, 31 July 1818

From James Le Ray de Chaumont

Le Raysville 31 July 1818


An Absence from home has prevented me from having the honor to answer sooner the letter you favored me with. I am extremely grateful to Mrs Morris to have procured me such a great gratification as has been bestowed on me by your most kind and benevolent letter. Indeed I did not feel bold enough to send you my feeble pro-duction and trespass in such a manner upon your precious moments. I was very glad to find that in your district you have established a society of Agriculture. I have no doubt that the public good will be benefitted by it and the more so as many of its members are distinguished for correct and skillful practice in their farms

I hope that the time is very near when they will carry into effect your ideas about central societies in each State affiliated to one great central Society for the United States. As a private individual I did every thing I could last winter to promote the desired aim. I wrote to the head quarters at Washington and went to sollicit the legislature of our State for that purpose. We were indeed very near to carry the point for our state. There is no doubt among the well informed people that the institution will be adopted by the next Legislature

Knowing your friendly interest for the Family of the Grands, I must inform you of the loss they have met with by the death of the youngest brother Grand d’Hauteville. He had left long ago the banking business and had retired with a large fortune in a handsome estate near Vevay where he was distinguished by his agricultural pursuits and his generous encouragement for the advances of the art upon which he constantly corresponded with me. The two surviving brothers have a very independant fortune and enjoy it honorably & with prudence. The eldest in Switzerland and the youngest at Paris

With great regard, I remain
Your most obdt Servt

Le Ray de chaumont

RC (DLC); addressed: “To the Honble Ths Jefferson Monticello Virginia”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Leraysville, 7 Aug.; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Sept. 1818 and so recorded in SJL.

A missing letter from Ann C. morris to TJ of 16 Mar. 1818 is recorded in SJL as received 24 Mar. 1818 from Morrisania, her estate near New York City. Presumably it concerned the conveyance to TJ of Le Ray de Chaumont’s address to the Agricultural Society of Jefferson County (see TJ to Le Ray de Chaumont, 29 May 1818).

Index Entries

  • Agricultural Society of Albemarle; TJ’s involvement with search
  • agriculture; American Board of Agriculture search
  • agriculture; Jefferson County Agricultural Society (New York) search
  • An Address, delivered at the meeting at the Agricultural Society of Jefferson County, December 29, 1817 (J. Le Ray de Chaumont) search
  • Grand, Ferdinand; family of search
  • Grand d’Hauteville, Daniel; death of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Honors & Memberships; Agricultural Society of Albemarle, membership search
  • Jefferson County Agricultural Society (New York); J. Le Ray de Chaumont’s address to search
  • Le Ray de Chaumont, James; An Address, delivered at the meeting at the Agricultural Society of Jefferson County, December 29, 1817 search
  • Le Ray de Chaumont, James; and agricultural societies search
  • Le Ray de Chaumont, James; letter from search
  • Morris, Ann Cary Randolph (Gouverneur Morris’s wife; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s sister-in-law); letter from accounted for search
  • New York (state); agriculture in search