Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Gorman, 8 February 1822

To John Gorman

Monticello Feb. 8. 22.


Your letter should have been sooner answered but [as?] I have expected daily to go to the University, which weather a[nd] roads have hitherto prevented, I gave Thrimston a proper repr[i]mand for his conduct, and assured him I should place at your discretion his punishment if he should misconduct himself a[gai]n. I have been anxious he should learn to lay stone, and shall be glad if you can engage him in as much of that kind of work as you can. I will furnish two additional hands for quarrying my work, and with that Thrimston should assist & learn that also. I salute you with friendly respects

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Emma Willard to TJ, 28 Nov. 1819, not found (see note to TJ to Willard, 18 Dec. 1819); edge faint; at foot of text: “Mr Gorman”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County, Va.; roads in search
  • Gorman, John; as stonecutter search
  • Gorman, John; letter to search
  • Hern, Thrimston (Thrimson) (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1799); and J. Gorman search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); slaves at search
  • roads; in Albemarle Co. search
  • slaves; behavior of search
  • weather; effect on travel search