Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Henry Clark, 18 October 1820

To Henry Clark

Monticello Oct. 18. 20.


Your favor of Oct. 4. is recieved. you have been quite misinformed1 as to my having any intention to lease my possessions in Bedford. nothing would induce me to put my negroes out of my own protection. from the good opinion I entertained of your father I should have as willingly listened to proposals from yourself as from any body, had I the intentions you supposed. I tender you the assurance of my respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of John Quincy Adams to TJ, 24 May 1819; at foot of text: “Mr Henry Clark”; endorsed by TJ.

1First syllable reworked from “un.”

Index Entries

  • Clark, Bowling; family of search
  • Clark, Henry; letter to search
  • Clark, Henry; seeks to lease Poplar Forest search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); lease of proposed search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); slaves at search