Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Ronaldson, 7 February 1820

To James Ronaldson

Monticello Feb. 7. 20.

I thank you, dear Sir, for the present of the bust of Genl Jackson. he holds a high place in my esteem, as an undeviating patriot and a military character who has deserved well of his country. I shall give his bust a place in my most honorable suite, with those of Washington, Franklin, Fayette Etc. it’s value is moreover heightened as from the hand of an Artist of whom our country has a high and just estimation.

To the political parts of your letter I cannot answer. my health is so entirely gone, with little prospect of it’s return, that I am obliged to withdraw my attention from every thing beyond the walls of my chamber, and particularly from politics.

I leave these to the generation now on the stage, who will I am sure govern as wisely as their predecessors. I feel safe under their wing, and able now to contribute nothing but my prayers for my country which comprehends them, you, and every thing else dear to me. unable to write but with pain and difficulty I must here conclude with my friendly & respectful salutations

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNGL); addressed: “Mr James Ronaldson Philadelphia”; franked; postmarked Milton, 8 Feb.; endorsed by Ronaldson as received 12 Feb. 1820. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas Cooper to TJ, 2 Feb. 1819; edge trimmed; endorsed by TJ.

TJ displayed busts of notables in Monticello’s Tea Room, his most honorable suite. An image of this room is reproduced elsewhere in this volume.

Index Entries

  • Franklin, Benjamin; busts of search
  • Jackson, Andrew; TJ on search
  • Jackson, Andrew; W. Rush’s bust of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; fatiguing or painful to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; illness of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; A. Jackson search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; younger generation search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; bust of, at Monticello search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); tea room at search
  • Ronaldson, James; letters to search
  • Ronaldson, James; sends bust of A. Jackson to TJ search
  • Rush, William; bust of A. Jackson by search
  • sculpture; at Monticello search
  • sculpture; of A. Jackson search
  • Washington, George; bust of, at Monticello search