Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 12 May 1822

To James Madison

Monticello May 12. 22.

Dear Sir

I thank you for the communication of mr Rush’s letter which I now return. mr Bentham’s character of Alexander is I believe just and that worse traits might still be added to it equally just. he is now certainly become the watchman of tyranny for Europe, as dear to it’s oppressors as detestable to the oppressed. if however he should engage in war with the Turks, as I expect, his employment there may give opportunities for the friends of liberty to proceed in their work. I set out for Bedford tomorrow to be absent three weeks. I salute you with constant and affectionate friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (RR Auction Company, Boston, 7 Oct. 2020, lot 3); at foot of text: “Mr Madison.” PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Joseph Dougherty to TJ, 16 Feb. 1821; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: enclosure to Madison to TJ, 7 May 1822.

A letter from Madison to TJ of 8 Aug. 1822, of which only the address cover has been found (RC in DLC; with Dft of TJ to William Duane, 24 Oct. 1824, on verso; addressed: “Mr Jefferson Monticello” by “Mr Hite” and “Docr Baldwin”), is recorded in SJL as received 9 Aug. 1822 from Montpellier, with bracketed notation: “Hite & Baldwin.”

Index Entries

  • Alexander I, emperor of Russia; J. Bentham on search
  • Alexander I, emperor of Russia; TJ on search
  • Baldwin, Cornelius search
  • Bentham, Jeremy; on Alexander I search
  • Hite, Mr. search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Alexander I search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); and R. Rush search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); letters from accounted for search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); letters to search
  • Ottoman Empire; and Russia search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • Rush, Richard; sends greetings to TJ search
  • Russia; and Ottoman Empire search