Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Richard Young, 22 May 1820

To Richard Young

Monticello. May 22. 20.

Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to mr Young for his letter of the 11th inst. it’s communications are interesting, and well worthy of being kept in mind, until the facts are sufficiently numerous and ripe for general inferences. but the prostrate condition of his health forbids his attention to subjects of this kind, and with the strong inhibitions of his physician interdict to him the labours of the writing tables. he prays mr Young to accept this apology for not going into the subject, with the assurance of his respect.

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of otherwise unlocated letter from Francis W. Gilmer to TJ, 19 Dec. 1819 (addressed: “Thomas Jefferson esqr Monticello Albemarle”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Richmond, 19 Dec.; recorded in SJL as received 23 Dec. 1819 from Richmond); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ.

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