Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Delaplaine, 29 January 1821

To Joseph Delaplaine

Monticello Jan. 29. 21.


Your favor of the 15th is recieved, as was in due time that of Oct. 11. with the poem of mr Meade, and I did not know that I had omitted1 to return my thanks for it. this I hope will be kindly imputed to my increasing inability to write letters. when I gave you a written opinion on the biographical work you were engaged in, you will recollect I mentioned that it was the singular case in which I had consented to do so, and that it was for a very special reason. a desire of tranquility & aversion to place myself before the public in any form dictate this law to me, and I hope that mr Meade’s indulgence to the inertness of 77. will plead in my favor, and that with yourself he will accept with my thanks the assurance of my great respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (LNT: George H. and Katherine M. Davis Collection); addressed: “Mr Joseph Delaplaine Philadelphia”; franked; postmarked Milton, 3 Feb.; endorsed by Delaplaine. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Robert Lovett to TJ, 12 Aug. 1819; mutilated at seal; endorsed by TJ.

TJ gave his written opinion of the first number of Delaplaine’s Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished Americans, 2 vols. (Philadelphia, 1816–18; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 4 [no. 139]) in a letter to Delaplaine of 25 Dec. 1816, accompanied by a separate letter of the same date pleading his aversion to giving public opinions of literary works.

1Manuscript: “omitte.”

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  • books; of poetry search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; Delaplaine’s Repository search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; letters to search
  • Delaplaine, Joseph; sends work to TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; fatiguing or painful to search
  • Mead, Charles; Mississippian Scenery; A Poem, descriptive of the interior of North America search
  • Mississippian Scenery; A Poem, descriptive of the interior of North America (C. Mead) search
  • poetry; sent to TJ search
  • Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished Americans (J. Delaplaine) search