Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Cooper to Thomas Jefferson, 24 November 1819

From Thomas Cooper

Philadelphia 24 Nov. 1819

Dear Sir

I thank you for your letter of the 19th Inst. How I shall dispose of my own time next year, I know not. Mrs Cooper is desirous of removing in Spring, and remaining there till I can join her; of course, if the garden walls could with propriety be finished round the garden, it would be a convenience.

I have succeeded in my law suit, but the land I had verbally contracted to sell last April, is now unsaleable. Of course it may be convenient for me if I go from this place for a temporary purpose, to leave part of what I may draw for in May, with my family; and authorise some friend to receive the Installment contracted for at that time. Pray inform me therefore in what manner I may draw for the May payment when that period approaches: so that if I should need an advance, and be absent, I can inform my family in what manner they are to act.

There was a meeting here yesterday of the Quakers and their friends, to memorialize Congress on the subject of the Missouri question. Mr Walsh drew up the memorial. It is greatly regretted by prudent men, as a most mischievous interference; nor does it detract from the great objections I have to the political character of the Quakers.

I remain as usual with great respect, Your friend,

Thomas Cooper

RC (ViU: TJP); endorsed by TJ as received 28 Nov. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Lemuel Shaw, 20 Feb. 1822, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Montecello Virginia”; franked; postmarked.

For the law suit, see Cooper to TJ, 26 Aug. 1818, and note. Robert walsh sat on a committee of correspondence chaired by Jared Ingersoll that met in Philadelphia on 23 Nov. 1819 to memorialize the United States Congress in support of the exclusion of slavery from Missouri. The meeting’s proceedings and resulting memorial were printed as a circular that included a 26 Nov. 1819 covering letter (Philadelphia, [1819]; copy in MHi). On 16 Dec. 1819 Pennsylvania representative John Sergeant presented the memorial to the House of Representatives, which referred it to the Committee of the Whole, then considering a bill to authorize Missouri’s statehood (JHR description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States description ends , 13:46).

Index Entries

  • antislavery; Quaker memorial on search
  • Congress, U.S.; and slavery search
  • Cooper, Elizabeth Pratt Hemming (Thomas Cooper’s wife); proposed relocation of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; letters from search
  • Cooper, Thomas; litigation of search
  • Cooper, Thomas; University of Virginia professorship proposed for search
  • House of Representatives, U.S.; and Missouri question search
  • Ingersoll, Jared; and Missouri question search
  • Missouri Territory; slavery in search
  • Quakers; and antislavery search
  • Sergeant, John; as U.S. representative from Pa. search
  • United States Circuit Court, Pennsylvania District search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; and faculty recruitment search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; gardens search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; opening of delayed search
  • Virginia, University of; Faculty and Curriculum; T. Cooper as proposed professor search
  • Walsh, Robert; and Missouri question search