Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 7 October 1818

To John Adams

Monticello Oct. 7. 18.

It is very long, my dear friend, since I have written to you. the fact is that I was scarcely at home at all from May to September, and from that time I have been severely indisposed and not yet recovered so far as to sit up to write, but in pain. having been subject to troublesome attacks of rheumatism for some winters past, and being called by other business into the neighborhood of our Warmsprings, I thought I would avail myself of them as a preventative of future pain. I was then in good health and1 it ought to have occurred to me that the medecine which makes the sick well, may2 make the well sick. those powerful waters produced imposthume, general eruption, fever,3 colliquative sweats, and extreme debility, which aggravated by the torment of a return home over 100. miles of rocks & mountains reduced me to extremity. I am getting better slowly and, when I can do it with less pain shall always have a pleasure in giving assurances to mrs Adams & yourself of my constant and affectionate friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi: Adams Papers); addressed: “President Adams Quincy. Mass.”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 10 Oct.; endorsed by Adams as answered 20 Oct. 1818. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

1Preceding seven words interlined.

2Word interlined in place of “will.”

3Omitted comma at right margin editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • Adams, Abigail Smith (John Adams’s wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Adams, John; friendship with TJ search
  • Adams, John; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; friendship with J. Adams search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; rheumatism search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; staphylococcus infection search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Warm Springs search
  • rheumatism; TJ’s search
  • staphylococcus; TJ infected with search
  • Warm Springs (Bath Co.); TJ visits search