Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 12 April 1821

To Lafayette

Monticello Apr. 12. 21.

I know the kindness, my dear friend, with which you recieve all Americans, and I think it therefore a kindness to you to mark those to you who are worthy of your notice. the bearer of this letter mr Pennant Barton is the son of Dr Benjamin S. Barton decd an intimate acquaintance of mine and who, in a visit to Europe some years ago had letters to you. with the son I am not personally acquainted, but I am assured of his merit by those who know him and in whom I have confidence. his visit to you will be a necessary credential on his return as no American is supposed to have been in France who has not paid you the homage of a visit. ever & affectionately


Th: Jefferson

RC (NNPM); addressed: “M. le General Marquis de la Fayette à Paris” by “mr Barton”; with “Rue d’Anjou St Honoré No 35” penciled in an unidentified hand. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of otherwise unlocated letter from Victoire Laporte to TJ, 28 Oct. 1820 (see note to Laporte to TJ, 15 Apr. [1821]); endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to Samuel H. Smith, 12 Apr. 1821.

Index Entries

  • Barton, Benjamin Smith; family of search
  • Barton, Thomas Pennant; TJ introduces to Lafayette search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction from search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; letters to search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; TJ introduces T. P. Barton to search