Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Patterson to Thomas Jefferson, 9 February 1819

From John Patterson

Baltimore 9th Feby 1819

Dear sir

In conforming to the request contained in your’s of the 31st Jany I have found no difficulty in ascertaining that Mr Milon, is a very obscure & unpromising person, by no means fitted to fill any station in the contemplated University—My first enquiry was addressed to a respectable Italian, of this place, who gave me an unfavourable picture, of Milon’s habits & accomplishments & seemed to doubt, indeed, if he were an Italian at all—I send you back, his letter, but think, that all farther enquiry regarding him, would be useless—We learned, yesterday, that Jefferson had met with a very afflicting calamity, which I know must have produced infinite distress to yourself, & family, I need not say that his friends here, sympatise earnestly & sincerely with you, & that we hope & trust his valuable life will be preserved—In the extraordinary circumstances of this case, it is not easy to suggest the proper course of conduct toward the perpetrator of such an enormity, but I hope, no compromise, will put it again, in his power, to repeat a similar outrage—With my respects to your family, & assurances of esteem & respect

I am your very obdt

Jno Patterson

RC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by TJ as received 14 Feb. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Thomas Appleton, 15 Feb. 1820, on recto and verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Milton Virginia”; stamped; postmarked Baltimore, 9 Feb. Enclosure: Solidor Milon to TJ, 5 Jan. [1819].

Thomas jefferson Randolph had been severely wounded during a fight on 1 Feb. 1819 in Charlottesville with the perpetrator, Charles L. Bankhead.

Index Entries

  • Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); and fight with T. J. Randolph search
  • Milon, Solidor Pierre; seeks position at University of Virginia search
  • Patterson, John; and fight between C. L. Bankhead and T. J. Randolph search
  • Patterson, John; and University of Virginia search
  • Patterson, John; letters from search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and fight with C. L. Bankhead search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); health of search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; faculty applicants search