Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 27 September 1821

To James Monroe

Monticello Sep. 27. 21.

Dear Sir

I recieved your letter at dusk, when no candle was lighted, & not suspecting your so sudden departure told the servant not to wait for an answer, & that I would send it. I hope I shall be able to send the papers in the morning before you will have departed.

The letter of Lewis shews that Barron is a most unprincipled man,1 and the sentence of the court shews him unworthy of any military trust. there is no sympathy for him in the public at this time, & if ever a true statement is laid before the public he will be consigned to general indignation. we can readily understand how such a man got up the application from members of the legislature.

I feel with great sensibility the kind expressions of your friendship to me, and reciprocate them with warmth & sincerity. if there be a balm for the human soul it is in the affections of others. ours has stood the test of time, of youth & of age, and I feel with fervor that your fame & fortune interest me as strongly as my own. with the wish of every blessing to you I remain ever & affectionately yours.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); addressed: “James Monroe President of the US. at the Highlands”; endorsed by Monroe as relating to “Com: Barron.” Recorded in SJL with bracketed note: “inclosing papers.”

1Manuscript: “men.”

Index Entries

  • Barron, James; charges against search
  • Highland (J. Monroe’s Albemarle Co. estate); J. Monroe at search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; friendship with J. Monroe search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; J. Barron search
  • Lewis, William (ca.1781–1815); letter from, to C. W. Goldsborough search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); and charges against J. Barron search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); letters to search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); slaves of search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); TJ’s friendship with search
  • slaves; errands by search