Thomas Jefferson Papers

Victoire Laporte to Thomas Jefferson, 15 April [1821]

From Victoire Laporte

April 151 Louiasa county Prices Tavern

Honored Sir

As I Know that you are in a habit of intercource with Mr Monoro I take the liberty to addess myself to you to imform you that I have not heard from my houesband sence he went to washinton to obtain pattant write for several inventions but I have hird that Mr Monoro had seen him at washinton, and I have thaught perhaps he might have sed somthing to you on the subject for I am very uneasy as this letters have never come to hand if you can gait imformation be so good as to give me all the pirticlers you can wat his prospact war and war he was going,

if you thinck proper to make me answar be so good as to do it by the returning mail by so doing you will oblige your very unesy but humble sirvent

I suscribe myself [wih?] much respect


Victoire Laporte

RC (MHi); partially dated at foot of text; one word illegible; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 15 Apr. 1821 received four days later and so recorded (without date of composition) in SJL.

Victoire Laporte, boardinghouse keeper, came to Charlottesville from Augusta County in 1819 with her husband, Peter Laporte, to run a French-language boardinghouse for students of Gerard E. Stack’s Charlottesville Academy. When the school closed in 1820, Peter Laporte left Charlottesville to obtain patents for his inventions in Washington, D.C. During her husband’s absence TJ supplied Victoire Laporte with one hundred dollars to buy groceries and other necessities for herself and her family. By 1830 Peter Laporte was living alone in Georgetown, D.C., and Victoire Laporte had moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. From at least 1836 until 1846 she operated a boardinghouse there (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1355, 1370, 1375; DNA: RG 29, CS, D.C., Georgetown, 1830, Ohio, Cincinnati, 1830, 1840; J. H. Woodruff, The Cincinnati Directory Advertiser for the years 1836–7 [1836], 101; Robinson & Jones’ Cincinnati Directory, for 1846 [1846], 240).

A letter from Laporte to TJ of 28 Oct. 1820, the address cover only of which has been found, is recorded in SJL as received from Charlottesville the day it was written (RC in DLC; with PoC of TJ to Lafayette, 12 Apr. 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Gafferson eqr Monntaello Albamorl Va.”

1Manuscript: “April th 15.”

Index Entries

  • Laporte, Peter (Victoire Laporte’s husband); family of search
  • Laporte, Peter (Victoire Laporte’s husband); patents of search
  • Laporte, Peter (Victoire Laporte’s husband); travels of search
  • Laporte, Victoire (Peter Laporte’s wife); identified search
  • Laporte, Victoire (Peter Laporte’s wife); letters from search
  • Laporte, Victoire (Peter Laporte’s wife); letters from accounted for search
  • Laporte, Victoire (Peter Laporte’s wife); seeks information on husband search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); visitors to search
  • patents; of P. Laporte search
  • women; letters from; V. Laporte search