Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Appleton to Thomas Jefferson, 4 September 1819

From Thomas Appleton

Leghorn 4th September 1819—

My last respects, Sir, were under date of the 23d of August, inclosing the receipt of mr & mad: Pini for the year’s interest paid to them, by the remittance made by you in may last, through mr Vaughan.1—A few days Since, I receiv’d letters from the two Raggis, expressing their great contentment at their reception at monticello: all their letters have been deliver’d at Carrara.—a vessel Sailing in the course of the day, affords me only a few moments, from other unavoidable avocations, especially as our Como Stewart is now here,2 to recommend you, to oppose the plan of the younger Raggi to Send here for his brother, to proceed to the U. S—he is totally unfitting for your Service, from his general unbecoming and indecorous deportment in life;3 Should you have Occasion for other workmen, I can procure them, of talents & morality.4—I do not now remember, if on other occasions, I mention’d to you, that I have an interest in a fine marble quarry at Carrara; as likewise, that I have the first5 workmen at my disposal. In the college you are now erecting you will be in want of a great number of chimney pieces, & other works in marble; I am in the Situation to furnish any works of architecture or Sculpture, and the chimney-pieces at certainly a less price, than those made with you, even of the coarsest6 Stone.—there will be the greatest promptitude in the execution, & could be deliver’d you, before you are in readiness to erect them.—I offer what I am persuaded will be consistent with economy, at the Same time my Services in the faithful execution of the commission, however large.—

Accept Sir, the renewal of my invariable respect & esteem

Th: Appleton

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 18 Nov. 1819 and so recorded in SJL; including an interlined, partial French translation in TJ’s hand (edge trimmed): “depuis peu de jours j’ai reçu [d]es letters des Messrs Raggi qui annoncent que leur reception à Monticello leur a eté bien satisfaisant ces lettres ont eté toutes rendue à Carrare. un batiment qui doit partir incessament ne me permet q’un moment pour vous conseiller de n’agreer pas la proposition de M. Raggi le jeun de faire venir son frere d’ici. c’est un homme qui ne conviendra du tout à votre service à cause de sa conduite dereglée et mauvaise. si vous avez encore besoin d’ouvriers, je pourrai bien vous en envoyer autant que vous voulez qui ont du talent et de la conduite.” RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to James Madison, 7 Apr. 1822, on recto and verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson esqr Monticello Virginia”; stamped “SHIP”; franked; postmarked Boston, 8 Nov. FC (DNA: RG 84, CRL); summary in Appleton’s hand, which begins “not having had time to take a copy/ the following is the Substance”; at foot of text: “Sent by Brig Spartan Capt Soule for Boston—& Sail’d 5 Septr.”

1TJ’s French translation begins here.

2Preceding twelve words not included in French translation.

3FC: “being totally unfit & wanting in decorum & good manners.”

4TJ’s French translation ends here.

5FC: “best.”

6FC: “the most ordinary.”

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; account with TJ search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and stonecutters for Central College–University of Virginia search
  • Appleton, Thomas; letters from search
  • building materials; marble, Carrara search
  • Carrara marble search
  • French language; documents in, by; TJ search
  • Italy; marble from search
  • Italy; stonecutters from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and P. Mazzei’s property search
  • marble; Carrara search
  • Pini, Andrea Tozzi (Elisabetta Mazzei Pini’s husband); and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Pini, Elisabetta Mazzei (Philip Mazzei’s daughter; Andrea Pini’s wife); and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Raggi, Giacomo; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Raggi, Giacomo; family of search
  • Raggi, Michele; as stonecutter for University of Virginia search
  • Raggi, Michele; family of search
  • Soule, Micah (ship captain) search
  • Spartan (brig) search
  • Stewart, Charles (1778–1869); as U.S. Navy commodore search
  • Vaughan, John; makes payments for TJ search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; marble for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stonecutters for search