Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Gales (1786–1860), 7 December 1818

To Joseph Gales (1786–1860)

Monticello Dec. 7. 18.


I have long ceased to read newspapers, except a single one of my own state, & that chiefly for the advertisements. perfectly resigned as a passenger to the steerage of those who are navigating the vessel of State, & with entire confidence in them, I scarcely enquire or wish to know what is passing. age has relieved me from these cares, and now calls for tranquility and rest. under these circumstances it is useless to be recieving newspapers which I never open, and difficult and troublesome to be making small & fractional remittances into other states. I have therefore requested my friend mr Barnes to pay up my account with you to the last day of the present year, say of the present month, and to be discontinued as a subscriber after that date.

I make my acknolegements to you for the satisfaction recieved [. . .] your paper as long as these communications had any object with me, and I retire from it with the best wishes for your success health & happiness.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Robert B. Stark to TJ, 20 Aug. 1818; torn at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Gales”; endorsed by TJ, with his additional notation: “Newspapers.” Enclosed in TJ to John Barnes, 7 Dec. 1818.

The newspaper of my own state was the Richmond Enquirer. your paper: the Washington Daily National Intelligencer.

Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; handles financial transactions search
  • Gales, Joseph (1786–1860); andNational Intelligencer search
  • Gales, Joseph (1786–1860); letter to search
  • Gales, Joseph (1786–1860); TJ pays search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; and newspaper subscriptions search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; Account withNational Intelligencer search
  • National Intelligencer (Washington newspaper); TJ subscribes to search
  • Richmond Enquirer (newspaper); TJ subscribes to search
  • subscriptions, for publications; newspapers search