Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Holmes to Thomas Jefferson, 19 June 1820

From John Holmes

Alfred Maine, 19 June 1820

Dear Sir

I have taken the liberty to shew your excellent letter on the Missouri question, to a few select friends & they unite in urging its publication. The influence of your name, opinion & reasons in preventing or at least delaying the evils which you apprehend & seem to predict, is most important. Always disposed to make personal sacrifices where your country’s safety required it, it is hoped that in the evening of your days, you will condescend to shed light & consolation on your country & gratify the wishes of your friends & admirers—

In this section of the United States, the Missouri excitement is subsiding. My election to the Senate of the US, was opposed on this ground with much zeal & more expectation. But it succeeded 95 to 50 in the H.R. & 16 to 4 in the Senate—I am, Sir, with the highest respect & esteem

Your friend & servt

J Holmes

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 2 July 1820 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Martin Dawson, 21 July 1820, on verso; addressed: “Hon. Thos Jefferson Monticello Va”; franked; postmarked Alfred, 21 June.

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  • Holmes, John; and Missouri question search
  • Holmes, John; and publication of TJ’s letter search
  • Holmes, John; elected to U.S. Senate search
  • Holmes, John; letters from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; publication of papers search
  • Maine; and Missouri question search
  • Maine; elections in search
  • Maine; House of Representatives of search
  • Maine; Senate of search
  • Missouri question; and J. Holmes search
  • Missouri question; TJ’s correspondence on circulated search
  • Senate, U.S.; elections to search