Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Cooper to Thomas Jefferson, 31 August 1820

From Thomas Cooper

Aug. 31. 1820

Dr sir

When I can be at Monticello I cannot yet determine. I attend to your movements. I write to say, that Columbia is situated on a Sand bank. One mile from the River, & 200 feet above it. I believe it to be as healthy, as any place in the Union, if I can judge from what I have seen of the place, & the uniform testimony of its most respectable Inhabitants.

The situation impressed me with the common opinion concerning it, or I wd never have consented to remove my family there.

I believe you may rely on this general acct of the place. With affectionate esteem

I remain   Dear sir Yr friend

Thos Cooper

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 24 (reworked from 20) Sept. 1820 from Philadelphia and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to James Hamilton (1786–1857), 9 Sept. 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Montecello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 31 Aug.

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  • Columbia, S.C.; healthiness of search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); and healthiness of Columbia, S.C. search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); family of search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); letters from search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); proposed visit of search