Thomas Jefferson Papers

Henry Dearborn to Thomas Jefferson, 8 August 1821

From Henry Dearborn

Boston August 8th 1821—

Dear Sir,

Knowing the fatigue you are subjected to by newmerous correspondents (and too many of them from mere selfish motives) I have refrain’d from writing to you as often as I should otherwise have wished, I have frequently had the pleasure of hearing from you by persons who had visited you, and of hearing that you continued to enjoy good health, and I have had the pleasure of seing several letters from you published in the newspapers, whether by your consent or not I do not know. we have at length acquired the peaceable possession of the Territory for which you so early concerted measures for effecting. your original great project has now been fully completed with the exception of the extent of the western limits, it affords your old friends great pleasure to behold the completion of your immensely important views, in your life time, and I trust there is at present no one who is not disposed to give you full credit as the original projector and efficient agent in procuring such an important and invaluable addition to our National Territory.—

Mrs Dearborn & myself continue to enjoy good health, I have pass’d the line of seventy after which the downhill of lif[e] is generally steep & short, but Mr Adams and yourself are strong exceptions, Mr Adams is six or seven years ahead of you and is yet very much himself, baring accidents, I have no doubt but you will hold on your course with little or no alteration until you shall have passed ninety.—I hope that before this reaches you you will have recd your Portrait from Stewart. while I was absent in Maine my Son had it forwarded to Richmond, I hope it arrived safe.—

Mrs Dearborn unites with me in the most respectfull and sincere wishes for your health & happiness, and in the most kind regards to Mrs & Mr Randolph and their Children.

H, Dearborn

RC (DLC); mutilated; endorsed by TJ as received 16 Aug. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to James Rawlings, 20 Oct. 1822, on verso; addressed: “Honbl Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; franked; postmarked Boston, 8 Aug.

stewart: Gilbert Stuart.

Index Entries

  • Adams, John; health of search
  • Dearborn, Henry; and G. Stuart’s portraits of TJ search
  • Dearborn, Henry; and Missouri statehood search
  • Dearborn, Henry; health of search
  • Dearborn, Henry; letters from search
  • Dearborn, Henry Alexander Scammell; and G. Stuart’s portraits of TJ search
  • Dearborn, Sarah Bowdoin (James Bowdoin’s widow; Henry Dearborn’s third wife); health of search
  • Dearborn, Sarah Bowdoin (James Bowdoin’s widow; Henry Dearborn’s third wife); sends greetings to TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; fatiguing or painful to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; publication of papers search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; good health of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Portraits; G. Stuart’s paintings search
  • Louisiana Territory; TJ’s role in purchasing search
  • Missouri (state); and statehood search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings sent to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings sent to search
  • Stuart, Gilbert; portraits of TJ by search