Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John H. Cocke, 15 August 1821

To John H. Cocke

Monticello Aug. 15. 21.

Dear Sir

The inclosed letters will so fully explain their object that I need not trouble you with a repetition of their contents. I will therefore request you to take the subject into consideration, and to decide freely on it, and should you not concur with me, to return the papers. should you approve, you will be so good as to subscribe your approbation to each letter, sign each copy of the call, and then forward them by mail to their respective addresses.

I shall set out on Friday for Bedford, to return within a fortnight; but, after a very short stay at home, to go again to Bedford. I very sincerely congratulate you on the late change of your condition, and wish you all the happiness which I have no doubt it ensures to you. accept assurances of my affectionate friendship & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); addressed: “Genl John H. Cocke Bremo”; endorsed by Cocke. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Jerman Baker to TJ, 14 May 1821; torn at seal; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: TJ and Cocke to James Breckinridge, Joseph C. Cabell, Chapman Johnson, James Madison, and Robert Taylor, 15 Aug. 1821, and enclosure.

Cocke’s late change of condition was his marriage on 19 July 1821 to his second wife, Louisa Maxwell Holmes Cocke (DVB description begins John T. Kneebone, Sara B. Bearss, and others, eds., Dictionary of Virginia Biography, 1998– , 3 vols. description ends ; Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald, 20 July 1821).

Index Entries

  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); as member of University of Virginia Board of Visitors search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); letters to search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); marriage of search
  • Cocke, Louisa Maxwell Holmes (John Hartwell Cocke’s second wife); marriage of search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; members of search