Thomas Jefferson Papers

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

To George Ticknor

Poplar Forest near Lynchburg. Oct. 24. 21.

Dear Sir

I have written a letter to you of this date & from this place which will be handed you by mr Harrison & mr Towles two youths of this vicinity who go on to your Univty to finish their educn. what I say in that letter is truth, but an addnal truth which could not be put into an open letter, it is my duty to add for your own inspection only & to forward it by mail. mr Harrison the father has been a merchant of extensive business & great credit here. but he is also1 a great sufferer in the late commercial catastrophes and is believed desperate altho’ not yet declared so. it is probable he will find means to answer the pecuniary necessities of his son there, but lest he should fail and you might be induced into any responsibilities for either of the youths, from a respect to my recommdn it is my duty to guard you against it. of mr Towles’s circumstances I know nothing2 I repeat here my affte & respectful salutns

Dft (MHi); on reused address cover to TJ, with Dft of TJ’s other letter to Ticknor of this date on verso; at foot of text: “Mr George Tickner.” Recorded in SJL as sent “by mail.”

1Word interlined.

2Sentence interlined.

Index Entries

  • Harrison, Jesse Burton; education of search
  • Harrison, Jesse Burton; TJ introduces search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; finances of 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, William Beverley; education of search
  • Towles, William Beverley; TJ introduces search
  • United States; Panic of1819 search