Thomas Jefferson Papers

James W. Wallace to Thomas Jefferson, 25 June 1821

From James W. Wallace

Fauquier June 25. 21

dear sir,

Mr Rodes affords me an opportunity of sending to you a few articles which I hope will arrive safe and be acceptable: their labels will give all necessary information.

Since I saw you three years ago, great changes have been effected in my more immediate feelings: death has devoured all of my friends: circulating blood warms not a breast which affords a pleasant and safe anchorage for my friendship: bereft of the heavenly pleasure of friendships formed in youth before the soul becomes deformed by conflicting emotions, and being overloaded by political and religious persecutions, I am anxious to seek a new abode. tis my wish to obtain a little appointment from Mr Monroe, but, being naked of friends, and unwilling to receive recommendation from character of no great weight, I shall approach him awkwardly since I am a stranger to adulation and the fashionable low, but winning arts of the times.   my respects to Mrs Randolph & family

god bless you Mr Jefferson

James W. Wallace

RC (DLC); between dateline and salutation: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 6 July 1821 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); and appointments search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • Rodes, Mr.; carries goods search
  • Wallace, James Westwood; and package for TJ search
  • Wallace, James Westwood; letters from search
  • Wallace, James Westwood; seeks appointment search