Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Pascal Etienne Meinadier, 12 November 1819

To Pascal Etienne Meinadier

Monticello Nov. 12. 19.


Your favor of Oct. 30. is recieved. age, it’s ordinary infirmities, and frequent attacks of illness have rendered me unable to attend to my own affairs, which I have in consequence committed to the care of a grandson. the same causes render it impossible to undertake those of others, and indeed to maintain any correspondence which is not of indispensable necessity. I hope you will be so good as to recieve this as my apology for not undertaking to act for you in the case proposed in your [letter]1 and to [acce]pt the assurance of my regrets & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of portion of reused address cover; mutilated at seal; at foot of text: “M. Meinadier l’ainé”; endorsed by TJ.

The grandson was Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

1Word faint.

Index Entries

  • aging; TJ on his own search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; aging search
  • Meinadier, Pascal Etienne; letters to search
  • Meinadier, Pascal Etienne; seeks TJ’s aid search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and TJ’s financial transactions search