Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Vine Utley, 3 April 1822

To Vine Utley

Apr. 3. 22.

Your favor of Mar. 18. is duly recieved. you have certainly attached more importance to my letters & likenesses than they merit, and I must still continue my earnest1 request that the letters be not published. I am old, anxious for tranquility and retiremt and unwilling to be brought before the public in any way. you ask whether I ever used the warm bath. twice in my life by prescription2 but with most injurious effects. every one has some peculiarity of constn so that processes favble to one may be fatal to another. the great use of the warm bath among the antients proves it to be generally salutary. Accept my respectful salutns3

Dft (MHi); on address cover of Utley to TJ, 18 Mar. 1822. Not recorded in SJL.

1Word interlined.

2Preceding two words interlined.

3Preceding four words interlined in place of “I salute you with great respect.”

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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; publication of his letters search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; warm baths search
  • Utley, Vine; and physical habits of TJ search
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