Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Wood, 7 August 1819

To John Wood

Poplar Forest. Aug. 7. 19.

Dear Sir

Your letter of July 27. has been recieved here, with the copies of the Quaeres proposed for Bedford and Albemarle counties. in the former county I am so total a stranger that I know not a single person to whom I could commit it’s paper with any confidence of answers to it’s enquiries. but I will put it into the hands of some one better acquainted with the characters of the county.   I shall not return, until autumn, to Albemarle. I must therefore inclose that paper to Colo Randolph, who knows better than I do who, there, may be most likely to collect the materials you desire. as to myself the hand of time presses so heavily on me, that I am becoming daily more & more averse to any exertion, even to that of keeping up ordinary correspondence.

The Sextant was safely recieved, and I am happy that it was useful to you. to the part which you contribute, I hope, will be added still the county surveys, the most familiarly useful of any thing which can be done for our geography. Accept the assurance of my great respect and esteem

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of RC of Patrick Gibson to TJ, 21 July 1819; at foot of text: “Mr Wood”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • aging; TJ on his own search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; fatiguing or painful to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; aging search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and J. Wood’s circular on Va. statistics search
  • scientific instruments; sextants search
  • sextant; for surveying search
  • Virginia; J. Wood’s circular on statistics of search
  • Virginia; surveys of search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); and surveying instruments search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); as Va. state surveyor search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); circular on Va. statistics search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); letters to search