Thomas Jefferson Papers

Mason L. Weems to Thomas Jefferson, 14 October 1821

From Mason L. Weems

Dumfries Octob. 14. —21

Very Honord Sir—

I have a favor to ask of you—

The great success I have had in my Amn Biographies has tempted me to add another great man to the list, i.e Wm Penn. I have been told that a piece of the Maple, immortalizd by his treaty with the Delaware Indians, converted into a Cup was sent to you—with some appropriate lines. Have you any objection to do my Book the honor to give those lines a place in it?

If you have not, please get one of Your family to transcribe them in a letter to me, at Philadelphia to care of Mathew Carey & Sons. Yours, with a good will that shall last long as the Sun & moon give light.

M. L. Weems.

I set out for Philada tomorrow, & may be there 10 or 12 days.

The widow of yr old Schoolmate & early friend Colo Jesse Ewell has the fever of the Season.

RC (NNPM); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; franked; postmarked Dumfries, 16 Oct.; endorsed by TJ as received 27 Oct. 1821 and so recorded in SJL; with Dft of TJ to Weems, [30 Oct. 1821], beneath endorsement.

Index Entries

  • Delaware Indians search
  • Ewell, Charlotte (Jesse Ewell’s wife); health of search
  • Ewell, Jesse; family of search
  • fevers; seasonal search
  • Indians, American; Delaware search
  • Mathew Carey & Sons (Philadelphia firm); and correspondence for M. L. Weems search
  • Penn, William; relics associated with search
  • Weems, Mason Locke; biography of W. Penn search
  • Weems, Mason Locke; letters from search