Thomas Jefferson Papers

Robert Taylor to Thomas Jefferson, 20 August 1821

From Robert Taylor

Norfolk, August 20th 1821.

Dear Sir,

At the last session of the Legislature, a new arrangement was made, in the terms of the Courts in this part of the State; which prevented my attending the Spring meeting of the Visitors. I did not then foresee, that a similar interference would occur in the Fall. On examination, however, I find that, the meeting of the Visitors in October will take place, at a time, when my professional engagement require my attendance. If only my personal interest & convenience had been concerned, I should not have hesitated in the choice, between these interfering claims. But I do not think myself at liberty to disregard the claims, which others have in my professional diligence; I have to day, very reluctantly sent my resignation to the Executive.

I beg you to believe, Sir, that the termination of the semi–annual intercourse, which this appointment afforded me, with you & the other gentlemen associated with you in the visitation, is not the smallest source of my regret. I shall long, & often remember my visits to Monticello; & never, without a grateful recollection of [the] elegant hospitality, and instructive converse, which I have experienced, under its roof.

I have the honor to be1 Very Respectfully Yr Obt St

Robert Taylor

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, with portion of closing and signature in Taylor’s hand; Dft of TJ to Taylor, 30 Sept. 1821, at foot of text; one word faint; endorsed by TJ as received 6 Sept. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Vaughan, 10 Nov. 1822, on verso; addressed in same clerk’s hand: “Thomas Jefferson Esq: Monticello”; franked; postmarked Norfolk, 23 Aug.

The court schedules codified at the last session of the Virginia General Assembly set the dates of the circuit court for the County of Norfolk to be the second Monday in April and the second Monday in September, with the surrounding county courts to meet in the weeks on either side of those dates (Acts of Assembly description begins Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia (cited by session; title varies over time) description ends [1820–21 sess.], 26 [7 Feb. 1821]).

1Remainder in Taylor’s hand.

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