Thomas Jefferson Papers

Archibald Thweatt to Thomas Jefferson, 13 December 1821

From Archibald Thweatt

Eppington 13 Decr 1821

Dear Sir

I hope the motive, which induces me, to break in upon your valuable time, will afford some apology.

Without asking permission of Judge R. I take the liberty of inclosing this letter to you.   This illustrious patriot knows the whole ground.—notice his efforts—his mighty efforts: he says “his name will settle the controversy.”

My obscurity—my humility—forbid me to ask or expect a communication from you, on the interesting subjects of the inclosed letter: but perhaps I may be excused for my solicitude in joining in this solemn appeal for that “name” which has heretofore saved, and is now invoked to save “our beloved confederacy.”—

Behold what a combat a venerable sage is now engaged in, and single handed.

Your co-operation from the highest authority “will settle the controversy.” affectionately and

devotedly yrs &c

Archibald Thweatt

No time to lose.

my address—Wilkinsonville post office

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 22 Dec. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with Dft of TJ to Powhatan B. Tindall, 20 Apr. 1824, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq: Montecello Milton Va”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Petersburg, 17 Dec.

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