Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 17 June 1821

To John Taylor

Monticello June 17. 21.

Dear Sir

My grandson lately returned from Warren where he had explanations on the subject of your letters, with Sarah Nicholas the eldest daughter and Mentor of the family. she acknoleged the distresses of the family, and agreed to accept what was proposed on two conditions. 1. that the money comes not from myself. 2. that they should be permitted to repay it, if ever in their power. as to the 1st I had authorised my grandson to give the most positive assurances. as to the 2d there was no danger of it’s occurrence. while living on the estate, which will be till the fall when it will be sold, they have for their table what is raised on that, but she said they had not wherewithal to buy groceries. I presume therefore your 1st donation will be immediately acceptable, and if you will inclose me a check of a bank in Fredericksburg on a bank of Richmond I can pass it thro’ my grandson to their use and perfectly covered. ever & affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (Pierce W. Gaines, Fairfield, Conn., 1965). PoC (NHi: Thomas Jefferson Papers); on verso of reused address cover of William McClain to University of Virginia Board of Visitors, 9 Apr. 1821; endorsed by TJ as a letter to “Taylor John.”

my grandson: Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

Index Entries

  • Bank of Fredericksburg search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); drafts on search
  • charity; donations to families in need search
  • Nicholas, Sarah E.; and W. C. Nicholas’s debts search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); estate of search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); family of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and W. C. Nicholas’s estate search
  • Taylor, John (of Caroline); donation to W. C. Nicholas’s family search
  • Taylor, John (of Caroline); letters to search