Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Caesar A. Rodney, 9 October 1820

To Caesar A. Rodney

Monticello Oct. 9. 20.

Dear Sir

Your’s of the 1st is recieved, and I note your recommendation of mr Askew, to whom I should be glad to be useful, as well on account of your recommendation as of his merit. but our work has been done entirely by undertakers, bricklayers at 10.D. a thousand, & house carpenters at the Philada prices. so that we have nothing to do with the daily laborers, or any body but the Undertaker. I wish mr Askew had come on in time to undertake a part; but I believe that every part of the work remaining to be done is already engaged and to be finished within 12. months from this time.

Your Maldonado pumpkin will be very acceptable.   I regretted much your short stay with us: but if a hope could be entertained of a repetition, and especially of what you call an annual pilgrimage, it would be well indeed. at the end of a long journey, one loves to talk over the occurrences of the road, and especially with those who were fellow travellers. you and I have travelled gloomy days together. yet we never despaired of the Commonwealth, and, by perseverance, happily got thro’. I see still a breaker ahead, which fills me with horror. but I hope that prudence & moderation, a regard for our own happiness, and especially for the cause of reformation thro’ the world, will induce a spirit of accomodation, and save our country, and the world entire from the calamity threatened. we are the world’s last hope; and it’s loss will be on our heads. god bless you and preserve you multos años.

Th: Jefferson

RC (TxDaHCL); at foot of text: “Caesar A. Rodney esq.” PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of William F. Gray to TJ, 6 May 1820; endorsed by TJ.

multos años: “many years.”

Index Entries

  • Askew, Samuel; seeks employment at University of Virginia search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Missouri question search
  • Missouri question; TJ on search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Rodney, Caesar A. search
  • Philadelphia; builders’ prices in search
  • pumpkins; from Maldonado search
  • pumpkins; seeds of search
  • Rodney, Caesar Augustus; and Missouri question search
  • Rodney, Caesar Augustus; and seeds for TJ search
  • Rodney, Caesar Augustus; letters to search
  • Rodney, Caesar Augustus; plans to visit TJ search
  • Rodney, Caesar Augustus; recommends S. Askew search
  • Rodney, Caesar Augustus; visits Monticello search
  • seeds; pumpkin search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; carpenters and joiners for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; progress of search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; wages for workmen search