Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Martin Baker to Thomas Jefferson, 28 December 1818

From John Martin Baker

George Town DC. December 28th 1818.


It is with the most sensible Satisfaction that I learned from Mr Tucker, a few days since, of your happy re-establishing in Health.

I take the liberty to inclose, a Blank proposal, for a small Publication of facts, that some Notes, and memory enable me to communicate to paper, deduced from experience1 during my residence in Spain in the Service of the United States, which I trust may be viewed, and found Commercially interesting: at the same time afford me some little means to Educate my three Younger children, two Daughters, and one Son. I Solicit Sir, your goodness in your Name to the Subscription, and ask the favor of your being so kind as to be pleased to transmit to me the same Signed.—

Mrs Baker, my Children and myself, unite in Prayer for your re-establishment in Health, and a series of Years with every Happiness this world can afford.—

I have the Honor to Subscribe myself, with the Highest Resp[ect] and Gratitude—Sir Your most Humbl[e] Obedient faithful Servant.—

John Martin Baker.

RC (MHi); edge chipped and trimmed; at foot of text: “To Thomas Jefferson. &c &c &c—Monti-cello”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 Jan. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed prospectus not found, but see Baker to TJ, 4 Mar. 1819.

1Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Baker, Harriet Weissenfels (John Martin Baker’s wife); sends greetings to TJ search
  • Baker, John Martin; as consul search
  • Baker, John Martin; family of search
  • Baker, John Martin; letters from search
  • Baker, John Martin; sends prospectus to TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; subscriptions search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; illness of search
  • Tucker, Mr.; reports on TJ’s health search