Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 16 January 1820

To James Monroe

Monticello Jan. 16. 20.

What can I do, my dear friend, with such letters as the inclosed, but forward them to you? and the rather as I presume you must have known the merits of the writer as well as I did: that he was an active whig and officer in the revolution of 1776. and a firm republican in that of 1800. I reject the numerous applications made to me to be troublesome to you; but now and then comes one which principle or feeling does not permit me to refuse. I am sure I deposit it in the hands of justice when I commit it to you. ever & affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (Profiles in History, Calabasas, Calif., 2011); mutilated, with missing word supplied from PoC; addressed: “James Monroe President of the US Washington”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 18 Jan.; endorsed by Monroe. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; mutilated; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: Robert Hanna to TJ, 20 Nov. 1819, not found (see note to TJ to Hanna, 16 Jan. 1820).

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