Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Thweatt, 13 May [1821]

To Archibald Thweatt

Monticello May 13. 20. [1821]

Dear Sir

The inclosed letter is from a son of the late mrs Harris of Indian camp in Cumberland, a near connection of mr Wayles’s family. from the time of my going to the old Congress all mr Wayles’s papers and affairs were turned over to mr Eppes, who had the sole transaction of what respected them. mr Harris says I had the suit brought against Hanbury. but not a [ves]tige of it remains in my memory. if you can find any information on the subject among mr Wayles’s papers and will be so good as to communicate it to me, it may be a service to the family. there is no trace of such a suit among my law papers, which1 induces me to presume it connected with mr Wayles’s affairs.

I congratulate you on the insurrection of Italy. it secures the revolution of the world, at the head of which we a[re] placed. affectionate salutations to mrs Thweatt & yourself.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC: TJ Papers, 217:38804); on verso of reused address cover of Samuel Walkup to TJ, 25 Sept. 1820; misdated; at foot of text: “A. Thweatt esq.” Recorded in SJL as a letter of 13 May 1821.

The inclosed letter, not found, was Richard Harris to TJ, 10 Jan. 1821, recorded in SJL as received 13 May 1821 from Madison County, Alabama. For the litigation between the executors of John Hanbury & Company and the executors of John Wayles, including TJ, see PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, James P. McClure, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 44 vols. description ends , 30:467–70.

1TJ here canceled “proves.”

Index Entries

  • Eppes, Francis (TJ’s brother-in-law); as J. Wayles’s executor search
  • Harris, Ann Eppes; and J. Wayles’s estate search
  • Harris, Richard (of Alabama); and lawsuit against John Hanbury & Company search
  • Harris, Richard (of Alabama); letter from accounted for search
  • Italy; and revolution in Naples search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; revolution in Naples search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Public Service; in Continental Congress search
  • John Hanbury & Company (London firm) search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; and J. Wayles’s estate search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; letters to search
  • Thweatt, Lucy Eppes (Archibald Thweatt’s wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Wayles, John (TJ’s father-in-law); TJ as executor for search