Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John C. Calhoun, 4 April 1819

To John C. Calhoun

Monticello Apr. 4. 19.

Dear Sir

I have duly recieved your favor of Mar. 20. returning the papers of mr Poirey, and informing me that his claim has been allowed by Congress. on seeing in the public papers the title of the act among those said to be past, I immediately wrote to mr Poirey, informing him of it, and recommending his sending a power of Attorney to some one to recieve & remit the money to him. I excused myself from the office on the plea of the inertness of age, & disinclination to be implicated in any new business; and I think we may expect his power of Attorney within 3. months from this time. Permit me, dear Sir, to return you my particular thanks for your attention to this case, in which I felt an interest not only from my personal acquaintance with M. Poirey, but from the deep [co]ncern also taken in it by Genl la Fayette. I know the pressure [o]f business on you, and the unreasonableness of adding to the drudgery of writing letters; and feel therefore the more strongly the duty of thankfulness on this occasion, and the gratification of the opportunity it furnishes me of repeating to you sincere assurances of my high consideration and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Charles Willson Peale to TJ, 25 Nov. 1818; torn at seal; at foot of text: “J. C. Calhoun esq. Secretary at War”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • aging; TJ on his own search
  • An Act making provision for the claim of M. Poirey (1819) search
  • Calhoun, John Caldwell; and J. L. Poirey’s military service claims search
  • Calhoun, John Caldwell; letters to search
  • Congress, U.S.; and Revolutionary War compensation claims search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; TJ on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; aging search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; and J. L. Poirey’s military service claims search
  • Poirey, Joseph Léonard; seeks compensation search
  • Revolutionary War; compensation claims search