Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Cooper to Thomas Jefferson, 1 October 1820

From Thomas Cooper

October 1. 1820 Philadelphia

Dear sir

I find it impossible to be with you so early as the 11th of this month, I will therefore defer my visit, to Poplar forest, which will not be out of my way from Richmond to Columbia.

I send you and Mr Madison to day a pamphlet which I know not how to account for not having been Sent before.

The contest so disgraceful to the Democracy of this state, whether Mr Findlay whose character is so suspicious, or Mr Heister, who is so decidedly and notoriously, a miser, and blockhead, shall be the Governor, will be settled in favour of the latter. I think it the least of two evils; but we have in this state, a strange predilection for ignorance and vulgarity in our popular favourites. I wish it were otherwise. Education is sadly retrograde here.

Adieu. I will endeavour to be at Poplar forest in the third week of October. Consider me always as being with great esteem, your faithful friend.

Thomas Cooper

M. Correa, is not yet gone: I suppose he will stay here a week longer.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 7 Oct. 1820 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Joseph Gilmore, 12 May 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Montecello Virginia”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 1 Oct.

The pamphlet for TJ and James Madison has not been identified. mr heister: Joseph Hiester.

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  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); and J. Corrêa da Serra search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); and Pa. gubernatorial election search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); letters from search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); on education in Pa. search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); proposed visit of search
  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); sends pamphlet to TJ and J. Madison search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; and T. Cooper search
  • education; in Pa. search
  • Findlay, William; as Pa. gubernatorial candidate search
  • Hiester, Joseph; as Pa. gubernatorial candidate search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); works sent to search
  • Pennsylvania; education in search
  • Pennsylvania; elections in search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); visitors to search