Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Payne Todd, 12 March 1820

To John Payne Todd

Monticello Mar. 12—20.

Dear Sir

I return you the paper on the subject of the Medals the last enquiry of which being the only one addressed to me I have only to say I do not recollect ever to have heard of a medal struck on the capture of André. We are in hopes with mr Madison, to recieve mrs Madison also and yourself which gives us pleasure at all times as the party of our best affections.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Barney Balaban, New York City, 1946); at foot of text: “Mr Todd.” PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from John Wood to TJ, with Wood’s note: “Pocket Sextant favd by Colonel Randolph”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

In a 24 Mar. 1820 letter, James Mease informed Todd that, having obtained a drawing of the medal given to the captors of the British spy Major John andré, he did not need one from Todd (PPAmP: Miscellaneous Manuscripts).

Index Entries

  • André, John; medal commemorating capture of search
  • Madison, Dolley Payne Todd (James Madison’s wife); visits Monticello search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); visits Monticello search
  • Mease, James; and medals search
  • medals; commemorating Revolutionary War service search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Madison, Dolley and James search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); delivers goods search
  • Revolutionary War; medals for service in search
  • scientific instruments; sextants search
  • sextant; for surveying search
  • Todd, John Payne; and medals search
  • Todd, John Payne; letters to search
  • Todd, John Payne; TJ invites to Monticello search
  • Wood, John (ca.1775–1822); and surveying instruments search