Thomas Jefferson Papers

William C. Rives to Thomas Jefferson, 3 April 1819

From William C. Rives

Charlottesville April 3rd, 19.—

Dear sir,

I had the pleasure of receiving, thro’ Col. Randolph, last evening, your kind invitation for myself & my wife to spend the day at Monticello. I regret very much that arrangements previously made, involving the convenience of others as well as ourselves, prevent us, at this time, from paying you a visit, which my own feelings would have prompted me to do, without an invitation. But we shall pass thro’ your neighbourhood again, in the course of four or five weeks, & will then do ourselves the pleasure, which circumstances now debar us from enjoying.—I am very desirous of having some conversation with you, in relation to the proceedings of the late Legislature on the subject of the University, & in explanation of the course which the friends of that institution, who were members of the Legislature, thought it most expedient to pursue. As an opportunity for these explanations will be presented soon in the interview I promise myself, it is unnecessary, at present, to detain you with any remarks upon the subject.—In offering you assurances of my grateful & affectionate esteem, I beg also to add my best respects & those of my wife to Mrs. Randolph & her family.—

W C Rives.—

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 3 Apr. 1819 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ’s kind invitation to visit Monticello probably grew out of a desire to congratulate Rives and his wife, Judith Walker Rives, on their 24 Mar. 1819 wedding (DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ; Laura Endicott Hayden, “Judith Page Walker Rives,” MACH description begins Magazine of Albemarle County History, 1940–  (title varies; issued until 1951 as Papers of the Albemarle County Historical Society) description ends 52 [1994]: 68–9).

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  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); delivers message search
  • Rives, Judith Walker (William C. Rives’s wife); invited to visit Monticello search
  • Rives, Judith Walker (William C. Rives’s wife); marriage of search
  • Rives, Judith Walker (William C. Rives’s wife); sends greetings to M. J. Randolph search
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