Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Gelston, 13 August 1820

To David Gelston

Monticello Aug. 13. 20.

Dear Sir

I am obliged to renew my annual tax on your goodness by asking the favor of your procuring a passage for the inclosed letters to their address. the commerce of New York, is so much more extensive than from any other port of the US. as to give it a great preference for the conveyance of foreign letters, and it is this circumstance which brings on you the present trouble for which I can offer but the poor tribute of my thankfulness, esteem, & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Sotheby’s, New York City, 2002); with notations by Gelston at foot of text:

“letter  for  Thos appleton consul  Leghorn
Josha Dodge— Marseilles”;
addressed: “David Gelstone esquire New York”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville, 17 Aug.; endorsed by Gelston. FC (MHi); abstract in TJ’s hand on verso of reused address cover to TJ, reading in full: “Aug. 13. 20. Inclosed to D. Gelston my letters (duplicates) for Marseilles & Leghorn”; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL with additional bracketed notation: “letters to Marseilles.” Enclosures: (1) TJ to Thomas Appleton, 13 July 1820. (2) TJ to Eulalie Cathalan, 13 July 1820. (3) TJ to Joshua Dodge, 13 July 1820. (4) TJ to Julius Oliver, 13 July 1820.

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