Thomas Jefferson Papers

Francis Eppes to Thomas Jefferson, 26 November 1818

From Francis Eppes

Mill Brook Nov: 26th 1818

Dear Sir

You will no doubt be surprised at seeing the date of this letter, thinking that I have been at school for some time past, I have however been detained at home much longer than I myself expected by the indisposition of our family. A bilious Fever has been prevalent in our neighbourhood this fall and carried off many it is now much abated. I set out this week at Furtherest for Mr Bakers and will let you hear from me as soon as I arrive there. It is very uncertain whether Mr Barbour will continue his school after Christmas, if he does not I shall pursue the course you recommended to me untill the Central College goes into operation.

I have taken a list of my Fathers Books as you desired & find that but few classical ones are among them and as I suppose that you merely wished to see those I only send you a list of them. In looking over them I found a quarto edition of Hedericks Lexicon & a superb copy of Homer but the latter is too large to be of much use.

By this time I hope you enjoy the blessings of Health without which happiness cannot be enjoyed on this earth. Papa has writen to us from Washington and I believe is heartily tired of public life.

present me affectionately to the family.

I remain your affectionate Grandson

Francs Eppes

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 3 Dec. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

hedericks lexicon: the Greek lexicon of Benjamin Hederich.

Index Entries

  • Baker, Jerman (1776–1828); and F. W. Eppes’s education search
  • Barbour, Mr.; school of search
  • Central College; opening of search
  • children; letters from; F. W. Eppes search
  • Christmas; mentioned search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); and Central College search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); education of, with Baker family search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); health of search
  • Eppes, Francis Wayles (TJ’s grandson); letters from search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); as U.S. senator search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); library of search
  • Ernesti, Johann August; editsGraecum Lexicon Manuale (B. Hederich) search
  • fevers; bilious search
  • Graecum Lexicon Manuale (B. Hederich; ed. J. A. Ernesti) search
  • Greek language; lexicons search
  • health; fever search
  • Hederich, Benjamin; Graecum Lexicon Manuale (ed. J. A. Ernesti) search
  • Homer; study of search