Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to George Ticknor, 24 October 1821 (first letter)

To George Ticknor

Poplar Forest near Lynchburg. Oct. 24. 21.

Dear Sir

I write this from an occasional residence very distant from Monticello. it will be handed you by mr Jesse B. Harrison, and mr William Beverley Towles, two young gentlemen of this neighborhood who are going on to Cambridge to finish there the education begun here. with them I am not personally acquainted, but much so with their fathers, residents here, and worthy of entire respect. they assure me that I may safely vouch to you the correct and moral deportment of these young gentlemen, and the diligence with which they will pursue their studies; and my confidence in the fathers is a sufficient recommendation of the sons. distant as they will be from their home, and without a friend or acquaintance at Cambridge, they naturally wish for an adviser and patron to whom they may look up for counsel1 & protection in whatever is right. permit me to ask for them that good office from you and be assured of my thankfulness and2 my constant friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (MH: Autograph File); addressed: “Mr George Tickner Professor of Belles Lettres University of Cambridge.” Dft (MHi); on verso of Dft of other letter from TJ to Ticknor of this date and reused address cover to TJ; unsigned; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to Samuel J. Harrison, 24 Oct. 1821.

1Word interlined in Dft in place of “advice.”

2Preceding two words interlined in Dft, with following word omitted.

Index Entries

  • Harrison, Jesse Burton; education of search
  • Harrison, Jesse Burton; TJ introduces search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; requests letter of introduction for son search
  • Harvard University; students at search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • schools and colleges; Harvard University search
  • Ticknor, George; letters to search
  • Ticknor, George; TJ introduces students to search
  • Towles, Oliver; requests letter of introduction for son search
  • Towles, William Beverley; education of search
  • Towles, William Beverley; TJ introduces search