Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Henry (of Rockbridge County), [22] October 1821

To Patrick Henry (of Rockbridge County)

Poplar Forest. Oct. [22]. 21.


I should long ago have been at the Natural bridg[e] to have my lines there ascertained, but that during the years 19. and 20. I was in a state of low health which rendered it impossible. I am now as well as usual, altho not absolutely well. but if no change occurs I shall try to go to the bridge. I shall set out for Albemarle in 3 days; where however I shall stay not more than a week and endeavor to be back here about the 6th or 7th of November, and on the 11th I will be at mr Greenlee’s perhap[s] in time to go on to the bridge and take measures for sendi[ng] to ask mr Graham’s attendance with as little delay as possible for my stay will be short. these dates may be varied a little by bad weather.

If the dam below the bridge has not been opened so as to let off the stagnant water and clear the bridge of it below, I shall ask your aid in procuring what laborers you think necessary to do it while I am there. I salute you with my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Charles Willson Peale to TJ; dateline faint; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Patrick Henry”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 22 Oct. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in TJ to Edward Graham, 22 Oct. 1821.

Index Entries

  • dams; at Natural Bridge search
  • Graham, Edward; and survey of Natural Bridge search
  • Greenlee’s Ferry (Rockbridge Co.); tavern at search
  • Henry, Patrick (of Rockbridge Co.); and survey of Natural Bridge search
  • Henry, Patrick (of Rockbridge Co.); as tenant at Natural Bridge search
  • Henry, Patrick (of Rockbridge Co.); letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; illness of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Natural Bridge search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; dam at search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; survey of search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; TJ visits search
  • surveying; and Natural Bridge search