Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Christopher Ellery, 3 March 1820

To Christopher Ellery

Mar. 3. 20

Your favor of Feb. 22. gave me great pleasure as it assured me you were in life and health, but greater still as it told me I could render you a service. I have not hesitated to address a letter to the president bearing witness to your merits in the times of trial as well as to those of all times: altho’ suffering health has obliged me to cease from letter-writing in a great degree, and a stiffening wrist disables me, as you see from doing it legibly. the same causes render brevity necessary so that to the assurances of my continued friendship & respect I can only add my sincere prayers for your success in your present object and health and life as long as you wish them.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from Hugh Nelson to TJ; at foot of text: “Christopher Ellery esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Ellery, Christopher; letter to search
  • Ellery, Christopher; seeks appointment search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; fatiguing or painful to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; wrist injury search
  • Monroe, James; and appointments search