Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Maury to Thomas Jefferson, 24 September 1821

From James Maury

Liverpool 24th Sepr 1821

Dear Sir,

My son William returned about a fortnight ago; & this is the third son who has been treated by my antient friend with such flattering marks of kindness, for which we all present you our particular thanks.

This young man, as well as the two, who went before him in their visit to the land of their father, are so attached to it that I think it highly probable they will return at some future period; &, not a distant one, to live and die in it.

I see a letter from my partner to William has been communicated to you: it was written under the impulse of alarm for my health: and, however ill founded, from the kindest & best of motives; but the interest you so obligingly take in these matters has my most grateful acknowlegments; and, should any thing occur I will avail of your kindness. In the interim it may be proper to say I have no intention of resigning so long as it may please the president to continue me & so long as I feel adequate to the duties of the office.

It is gratifying to have a continuation of the reports I so long have been accustomed to have of your strong health: my sons tell me of a rule you have of varying your dress by the variations of the Thermometer: but I wanted to know of them how many degrees of rise or fall you deemed necessary for thinner or lighter cloathing: they could not tell me: will you be so good as give me this information:—as we merchants say, for my government?

I also have uncommon reason to be thankful for the health I enjoy at this advanced period: and especially, as I think I have not been as vigilant in attending to it as you have been: For twelve Months past I have changed my plan of cold bathing: &, in place of three times a week as heretofore, I now plunge into cold water daily, be it summer or winter, unless prevented by indisposition & altho it suits me as well as it did half a century ago, yet I will not recommend it to you to make the experiment.

Mrs Maury & my Sons join me in best wishes to you & yours.

your old obliged friend

James Maury

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Dec. 1821 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • baths; cold search
  • clothing; and weather search
  • health; and bathing search
  • health; and clothing search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Descriptions of; clothing search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; good health of search
  • Latham, William; and J. Maury’s consulship search
  • Liverpool; U.S. consulship at search
  • Maury, James (1746–1840); as consul at Liverpool search
  • Maury, James (1746–1840); family of search
  • Maury, James (1746–1840); health of search
  • Maury, James (1746–1840); letters from search
  • Maury, Margaret Rutson (second wife of James Maury [1746–1840]); sends greetings to TJ search
  • Maury, William; and J. Maury’s consulship search
  • Maury, William; travels of search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); and appointments search
  • weather; and clothing search