Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Plumer to Thomas Jefferson, 8 June 1819

From William Plumer

Epping (NH) June 8th 1819.

Dear Sir

Permit me to present you with a copy of my valedictory message to the legislature of New Hampshire; and to assure you that I am with much respect & esteem,

Sir, Your obedient servant

William Plumer

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Hon. Thomas Jefferson Monticello Va”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 June 1819 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Plumer, Governor’s Message ([Concord?, 1819]; probably Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 11 [no. 689]), consisting of Plumer’s 2 June 1819 “Communication” to the New Hampshire legislature, in which he transmitted numerous official documents to that body; explained that he had declined reelection the previous year due to the “ill state of my health, and a respect to the principle of rotation in office” (p. 4); summarized “the principles, and course of conduct I have adopted and pursued during my administration” (p. 4), including a reduction of the state debt and the exercise of his right to veto bills and resolutions, appoint officers, and grant pardons; and declined compensation for duties related to the gubernatorial administration of the state prison, noting instead that he “never accepted office for the sake of its emoluments” (p. 10).

On this date Plumer sent the enclosure and nearly identical covering letters to John Adams and James Madison (MHi: Adams Papers; Madison, Papers, Retirement Ser., 1:466).

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