Thomas Jefferson Papers

Victoire Laporte to Thomas Jefferson, 18 June 1821

From Victoire Laporte

Louisa county june the 18 1821 Prices tavern


oence more I take the liberty of importuneing you with my letters but I trust in your goodness to be excused, this is sir to inform you that my husband is not yeat returd but I suppose you are not ignorent of his sucksess in is inventions as it has bin mentioned in the nored papers which I suppose you take; when he started he promis[t] to send ous money a thing which he has done but the letter being1 miscarrey I expect for we never receve it; and we cannot apli for more for the want of kowing ware to direct my letters as he is not stationary in any place; I stand in need of 10 or 12 dollars for our prasent wants for as we are strangers wea can jat nonething without money this sir I take the liberty to ask of you bcaus I am in grate hopes of repaing all that you have bin good enough to advance for ous by so doing sir you will oblige your very humble and respectfull sirvent

Victoire Laporte

RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; edge trimmed; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL as received 25 June 1821.

In an advertisement that ran in the New York National Advocate from 11 May until at least 27 June 1821, Peter Laporte stated of an “Improved Bridle,” one of his inventions, “that any person inclined to purchase his right for this state, may apply at the City Hotel, Broadway,” where he would be “for a few days.”

An undated letter from Victoire Laporte, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 3 June 1821 from “Price’s tavern Louisa.”

1Manuscript: “be ing.”

Index Entries

  • horses; bridles for search
  • Laporte, Peter (Victoire Laporte’s husband); family of search
  • Laporte, Peter (Victoire Laporte’s husband); patents of 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
  • Laporte, Victoire (Peter Laporte’s wife); TJ provides credit for search
  • patents; of P. Laporte search
  • women; letters from; V. Laporte search