Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Quincy Adams, 10 May 1819

To John Quincy Adams

Monticello May 10. 19.

Dear Sir

An absence from home of some length has occasioned your letter of Apr. 24. to remain here unanswered until my return. the operation of sitting for portraits and busts, especially after it has been so often done, and probably as well as it will be done again, and that too before the havoc of age had left nothing but an anatomy to copy, needed the strong motive of my desire to meet any wish expressed by you.   Mr Cardelli will be recieved here with welcome, at whatever time before harvest shall suit him best. at that period I shall go to my other home 90. miles further from Washington, & shall remain there till the approach of winter. I am much indebted for the kind expressions of interest you are so good as to take in our late conflagration. the bodily injury, as well as that to my building were both slight. the former has disappeared, and the latter will soon do so. I salute you with assurances of great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. the supernumerary copies of printed1 state papers furnished to your office would perhaps enable you to have me furnished with your several letters & reports on the title to Louisiana & the Seminole war. it would greatly oblige me, as I have lost mine by lending them to persons whom I wished to read them.

RC (MHi: Adams Papers); adjacent to signature: “J. Q. Adams esq.”; postscript added separately to RC and PoC. PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from Craven Peyton to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

1Word interlined in RC.

Index Entries

  • Adams, John Quincy; and fire at Monticello search
  • Adams, John Quincy; and P. Cardelli search
  • Adams, John Quincy; letters to search
  • Adams, John Quincy; TJ requests state papers from search
  • aging; TJ on his own search
  • books; of state papers and public documents search
  • Cardelli, Peter (Pietro); bust of TJ search
  • Indians, American; Seminole search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; loans books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; aging search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; injured in fall search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; aging search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Portraits; P. Cardelli’s bust search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Portraits; TJ on search
  • Louisiana Territory; title to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); fires at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Seminole Indians search
  • State Department, U.S.; papers of search
  • United States; state papers and public documents search