Thomas Jefferson Papers

Nicholas P. Trist to Thomas Jefferson, 14 April 1822

From Nicholas P. Trist

Natchez April 14th 1822—

Dear Sir

This work has just made its appearance here, and I am confident You will not consider as thrown away, the time you will have spent in reading it.—

I leave this tomorrow, after a tedious stay of more weeks than, on my arrival, I expected to spend days.—Browse writes that there are letters from Monticello waiting for me at home; From them, I hope to have the pleasure of Learning in a few days, that every thing there is as I could have wished, notwithstanding the earthquake the papers are frightening us with.

Present me affectionately to the family and believe me yours

Most devotedly

Nicho Ph: Trist

The thermometer is at 85°, in a cool passage, peas in abundance, and strawberries beginning to ripen—

RC (DLC); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 8 May 1822 and so recorded in SJL.

The enclosed work was a tragedy by Lord Byron (TJ to Trist, 14 June 1822). An earthquake, described as a “very severe shock,” shook Charlottesville in the early morning of 28 Feb. 1822. Though it “perhaps lasted not more than fifteen seconds,” it was succeeded by a “rumbling noise, resembling distant thunder which … was supposed to have continued for about 4 minutes” (unidentified issue of Charlottesville Central Gazette quoted in Richmond Commercial Compiler, 5 Mar. 1822, and elsewhere).

Writing from Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, Trist lamented to TJ’s granddaughter Virginia J. Randolph (Trist) on 16 Jan. 1822: “Would to God that I had possession of my study! every moment of your grandfather’s society that I lose, is irreparable; and besides this loss, every moment I stay here, retards by almost as much, my appearance at the bar” (RC in NcU: NPT).

Index Entries

  • Byron, George Gordon, 6th Baron; works of search
  • Charlottesville, Va.; earthquake in search
  • earthquakes; in Charlottesville search
  • food; peas search
  • food; strawberries search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; relations with N. P. Trist search
  • meteorological observations; by N. P. Trist search
  • peas; grown at Natchez, Miss. search
  • strawberries; as crop search
  • Trist, Hore Browse (1802–56); correspondence with N. P. Trist search
  • Trist, Nicholas Philip; and book for TJ search
  • Trist, Nicholas Philip; and legal education search
  • Trist, Nicholas Philip; correspondence with H. B. Trist search
  • Trist, Nicholas Philip; correspondence with V. J. R. Trist search
  • Trist, Nicholas Philip; letters from search
  • Trist, Nicholas Philip; Miss. business of search
  • weather; temperature readings search