Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Duncan Forbes Robertson, 11 December [1821]

To Duncan Forbes Robertson

Monto Dec. 11.1

I am certainly much2 indebted to you for the kind partialities expressed in your lre of Nov. 12. I am conscious indeed of having ever rendered with fidelity to our common country every service within the reach of my faculties: but thousands and thousands have done the same among whom I claim no distinction. as however you express a desire to possess some memento of myself particularly, I take the liberty of offering you a miniature likeness of which I ask your acceptance. it will be a token of more meaning than a simple lock of hair whitened with the frost’s of 79. winters. with it be pleased to accept the assurance of my great regard.

Dft (ViW: TC-JP); on address leaf of Robertson to TJ, 12 Nov. 1821; partially dated. Recorded in SJL as a letter of 11 Dec. 1821.

For the enclosed miniature likeness, see note to TJ to Hiram Haines, 8 Dec. 1821.

1Reworked from “10.”

2Word interlined in place of “greatly.”

Index Entries

  • aging; TJ on his own search
  • hair; lock of TJ’s requested search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; aging search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Portraits; as gifts search
  • Robertson, Duncan Forbes; and lock of TJ’s hair search
  • Robertson, Duncan Forbes; letter to search
  • Robertson, Duncan Forbes; TJ gives miniature portrait to search