Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Ewell, 28 August 1820

To Thomas Ewell

Monticello Aug. 28. 20.

Dear Sir

Your letter of the 7th came to hand on the 14th and I kept up the one it inclosed until I could have a favorable opportunity of presenting it to the President. on delivering it, I took occasion to go into such explanations as I thought might do you justice, and manifest my own views and wishes. I found him in the best dispositions towards yourself; but cautious, as was proper, not to commit himself where other interests & opinions ought also to be attended to. yet so far as these may not justly overweigh predispositions in your favor, I think you may count on his friendly will. I learn with real regret the situation to which you have been reduced by unfavorable incidents, and shall be sincerely gratified by success in the resources to which your views are now turned; being with sincere esteem and respect

Your friend and servt

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Dr Thomas Ewell”; endorsed by TJ.

Ewell’s letter of the 7th, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 14 Aug. 1820 from Washington. The one it inclosed is also missing.

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  • Ewell, Thomas; financial situation of search
  • Ewell, Thomas; letters from accounted for search
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  • Ewell, Thomas; seeks federal appointment search
  • Monroe, James; and appointments search