Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Vaughan, 29 June 1819

To John Vaughan

M[onti]cello June 29 19.

Dear Sir

Your letters of May 24. 27. & June 19. have been recieved in due time: and in the last came quadruplicates of the remittances you have been so kind as to make for me. as I shall have to replace some balance to you, permit me to add a little domestic article to it, to wit a small box of Vanilla, which I was always able to find in Philadelphia but is not to be had here. in Paris & Philada I always got it in small tin boxes, not too large to be inveloped in paper & sent by mail, being about the size of a thin 8vo. mr Ware’s delay gave us some uneasiness in the beginning, but I expect he is by this time landed at Richmond with the workmen we want in brick & wood, and I have no fear but that he will justify your recommendation. the kind of stove you have been so good as to procure us is exactly that we wished. I am to return you many thanks for the concern for my health taken by yourself and your brother, with so much kindness, and very sensible of Dr Physic’s attentions also. it has continued improving steadily till I now think it substantially established. this seems to be the age and country of the Biographomania. the instance you mention is an example of the disease; it’s cure will be in the disappointments of the printers. I thank you for the lithographic specimen. it was the first I had seen. I leave this within a week for my occasional home at Poplar forest near Lynchburg, 90. miles South West of this; which I mention as a previous explanation of any greater delays of communication which the greater distance may occasion, and still more a remarkable tediousness in the cross post1 between this & that place. I expect to continue there till the 1st of October: but the Vanilla may be directed to me at this place. I salute you with constant & affectionate friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of right half of reused address cover of John C. Calhoun to TJ, 20 Mar. 1819; dateline faint; at foot of text (mutilated at seal): “John Va[u]ghan esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

1Preceding four words interlined.

Index Entries

  • books; biographical search
  • Caldwell, Charles; Memoirs of the Life and Campaigns of the Hon. Nathaniel Greene search
  • Charlottesville, Va.; mail service to search
  • dogs; rabid search
  • Greene, Nathanael; Memoirs of the Life and Campaigns of the Hon. Nathaniel Greene (C. Caldwell) search
  • health; rabies search
  • household articles; stoves search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; account with J. Vaughan search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; good health of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; biographies of prominent Americans search
  • Lesueur, Charles Alexandre; French naturalist search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; mail service to search
  • Memoirs of the Life and Campaigns of the Hon. Nathaniel Greene (C. Caldwell) search
  • Physick, Philip Syng; and medical treatment for TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • spices; vanilla search
  • stoves; for University of Virginia search
  • tin; boxes search
  • vanilla; TJ orders search
  • Vaughan, Benjamin; and TJ’s health search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); account with TJ search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); andMemoirs of the Life and Campaigns of the Hon. Nathaniel Greene (C. Caldwell) search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and payments made for TJ search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and rabies search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and stoves for University of Virginia search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and TJ’s health search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); and University of Virginia search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); letters to search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); recommends R. Ware search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); sends works to TJ search
  • Vaughan, John (1756–1841); TJ orders goods through search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; builders for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stoves for search
  • Ware, Richard; and builders for University of Virginia search
  • Ware, Richard; as carpenter for University of Virginia search