Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John R. Cotting, 7 February 1821

To John R. Cotting

Monticello Feb. 7. 21.


I have duly recieved your favor of Jan. 20 and am sorry it is not in my power to render any service to your useful undertaking. age and ill health render me no longer equal to the labors of science, and a disabled wrist making writing slow and painful, has obliged me to abandon even common correspondence. with my regrets be pleased to accept the tender of my great respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Robert I. Evans to TJ, 2 Oct. 1819; at foot of text: “Mr John Ruggles Cotting”; endorsed by TJ.

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  • Cotting, John Ruggles; letter to search
  • Cotting, John Ruggles; sends TJ prospectus of scientific work search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; fatiguing or painful to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; wrist injury search