Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Paxton, 29 December 1820

To William Paxton

Monticello Dec. 29. 20.


I should long ago have answered your friendly lette[r] of Aug. 4. but that it was my intention soon after that to go to Bedford, and while there to visit the Natural bridge. but my journey was retarded till late in November and the winter set in so early, that in my state of feeble health, I was obliged to decline crossing the mountain. in the summer & autumn of the ensuing year I intend to pass 3. or 4. months in Bedford and shall then certainly go to the bridge. I know it is difficult to trace lines while the leaves are out, but that difficulty must be surmounted by patience. with my thanks for the kindness of your attention, which to one at such [a?] distance is a real charity I tender you the assurance of [my?] esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Henry Dearborn to TJ, 24 June 1819; edge trimmed; torn at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Wm Paxton”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; illness of search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; survey of search
  • Paxton, William; and survey of Natural Bridge search
  • Paxton, William; letters to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • surveying; and Natural Bridge search