Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 22 March 1821

To Lafayette

Monticello Mar. 22. 21.

Dear Sir

This will be delivered you by mr Wilson a gentleman of this state, well informed, of fine understanding, and of great worth. he goes to Europe in order to see what it is, but more especially to study it’s agriculture for you know we are all agricultural1 here. he asked me [f]or an introduction to some of my friends. I told him that I believed there was not a person living in France who had been personally known to me while there but yourself; and that with you his being an American was a sufficient passport. still as it will be satisfactory2 to you to know that those to whom you shew kindnesses merit them, I give him a letter with that assurance.

My health is better, but not good. so weak as not to walk further than my garden. but I ride with little fatigue. may yours be as long as you wish for life, and continue you the index of the orthodox party of your government for us who have no means of knowing the details. affectionately Adieu.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Peter Stephen Chazotte to TJ, 15 Jan. 1821; one word faint; endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “agricutural.”

2Manuscript: “satisfory.”

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