Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Beach Lawrence to Thomas Jefferson, 30 May 1821

From William Beach Lawrence

New York May 30th 1821.


Intending to embark for Europe on 12th of next month, I take the liberty to offer my services to execute any commission, while abroad, with which you may honour me. I fear that the knowledge which you have of me is too slight to authorise my requesting introductions to your acquaintances in England and on the continent, but should you feel disposed so far to favour me, as to make me the bearer of any communications to them, I shall ever feel grateful. Since I had the happiness to spend a short time, last winter, at Monticello, my plan of travelling has been changed, as, instead of going with the gentleman who was then with me, I shall be accompanied by Mrs. Lawrence. Please to present my best respects to Govr & Mrs. Randolph & the young ladies. With sentiments of the highest consideration, I remain, Your obedient Servant,

Wm Beach Lawrence.

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); endorsed by TJ as received 7 June 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Leonard M. Parker, 24 July 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson—Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked New York, 30 May.

John Q. Jones was the gentleman. On 19 May 1821 Lawrence married Esther R. Gracie, who accordingly accompanied him (The Biographical Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Rhode Island [1881], 288).

Index Entries

  • Jones, John Quentin; visits Monticello search
  • Lawrence, Esther R. Gracie (William Beach Lawrence’s wife); travels of search
  • Lawrence, William Beach; letter from search
  • Lawrence, William Beach; seeks letters of introduction from TJ search
  • Lawrence, William Beach; visits Monticello search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Lawrence, William B. search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search