Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Burgess Allison, 29 November [1818]

To Burgess Allison

Monticello Nov. 29. 19. [1818]

I thank you, Sir, for the pamphlet you have been so kind as to send me on Naval architecture. retired from the business of the world, enfeebled in body by age & relaxed in mind I cease to1 pay attention wherever I can be excused from it. the improvement appears probable and beautiful, and I wish well to every thing which may better the condition of man, and to nothing more than what may advance your own prosperity and happiness for which I pray you to accept my sincerest wishes with the assurance of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC: TJ Papers, 216:38630); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; misdated; at foot of text: “Mr Allison”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 29 Nov. 1818 and so recorded in SJL.

1TJ here canceled “interest.”

Index Entries

  • A Description of William Annesley’s New System of Naval Architecture (W. Annesley) search
  • aging; TJ on his own search
  • Allison, Burgess; letters to search
  • Allison, Burgess; sends pamphlet to TJ search
  • Annesley, William; A Description of William Annesley’s New System of Naval Architecture search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; aging search