Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Appleton, 16 April 1821 (second letter)

To Thomas Appleton

Monticello. Apr. 16. 21.

Dear Sir

My other letter of this date acknoleges yours of Oct. 10. and that of Nov. 2. & 24. is this moment recieved. this letter being on subjects particular between ourselves, I write it separately from that respecting the University and it’s Visitors, which of course must be submitted to their inspection and be placed on their files.

I am glad that a remittance thro’ London is more convenient to you than thro’ Paris. it is much more so to me, because a choice of bills on the former place can always be had, which is difficult on Paris. I now desire my correspondent in Richmond, capt Bernard Peyton commission merchant there, to remit to you for M. and Made Pini 444.D. either in the same bill with the 1200.D. of the University or a separate one, as he finds convenient. particular circumstances enable me to do this, this year, a little earlier than common.

I expect from your last letter, that all Italy is at this time under the lawless ravages of an armed souldiery; nor will it’s convulsions cease until every government there is revolutionised. it will be a comfort to me should the retention of a part of Made Pini’s capital in a safe deposit in this peaceful region, ensure it’s salvation in the end for her. the chances of transmission indeed subject it to the inconvenience that it’s interest cannot be remitted exactly to a day: yet it is certain with small variations of time, and more profitable in the end, as our lawful1 interest is higher I presume than with you.

I shall add little as to Michael Raggi. from his discontented and querulous temper, I imagine he is full of complaints. I assure you they are entirely without foundation. he was treated here with liberality and indulgence, and every dollar we paid him was so much sunk, as we do not profit of a single thing he did.

I believe that the next year I shall have to apply to you for some marble faces for chimnies for myself, entirely plain like slabs, and shall be glad if you will inform me what they will cost by the square foot. I shall not be nice as to the quality of the marble. I salute you ever with friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on reused address cover of Andrew Smith to TJ, 24 Oct. 1820; at foot of first page: “Mr Appleton”; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL with additional notation designed to contrast with preceding document: “myself.” Enclosed in TJ to Appleton (first letter), TJ to Bernard Peyton, and TJ to Samuel Williams, all 16 Apr. 1821.

1Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; and capitals for University of Virginia search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and marble for TJ search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Appleton, Thomas; letters to search
  • building materials; chimneypieces search
  • building materials; marble search
  • Italy; and revolution in Naples search
  • Italy; stonecutters from search
  • Italy; TJ on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with T. Appleton search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to P. Mazzei search
  • marble; chimneypieces search
  • Naples, kingdom of (later Kingdom of the Two Sicilies); revolution in search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Pini, Andrea Tozzi (Elisabetta Mazzei Pini’s husband); and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Pini, Elisabetta Mazzei (Philip Mazzei’s daughter; Andrea Pini’s wife); and P. Mazzei’s estate search
  • Raggi, Michele; TJ on search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; and construction of University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; capitals for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; stonemasons search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; wages for workmen search