Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Richard Rush, 25 October 1818

To Richard Rush

Monticello Oct. 25. 18.

Dear Sir

This letter will be presented you by mr George Ticknor, a gentleman from Massachusets whose father is of distinguished standing in that state. this gentleman has been 4. years travelling and1 sojourning in the different countries of Europe for the purposes of instruction, and with the same views will pass the approaching winter in Edinburg, Oxford, Cambridge and London. you will find him learned, discreet, correct and honorable; and in addition to the natural claim of an American citizen to your patronage, you will yield it for the heart-felt pleasure of gratifying the worthy. you may safely present him to whomsoever he may wish as a fine2 sample of the American citizen. do it then for his sake, for your own sake and for mine, and accept the blessings of an old man with his cordial salutations.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NjP: Rush Family Papers); addressed: “His Excellency Richard Rush Min. Pleny of the US. London favored by Mr Ticknor”; endorsed by Rush, with his additional notation: “Introduces Mr Ticknor.” PoC (MHi); on verso of portion of reused address cover to TJ; edge trimmed; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to Elisha Ticknor and TJ to George Ticknor, both 25 Oct. 1818.

1RC: “<and> and,” with first word not canceled in PoC.

2TJ here canceled “specimen.”

Index Entries

  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction from search
  • Rush, Richard; letters to search
  • Rush, Richard; TJ introduces G. Ticknor to search
  • Ticknor, Elisha; mentioned search
  • Ticknor, George; TJ’s letters of introduction for search
  • Ticknor, George; travels of search