Thomas Jefferson Papers

Spencer Roane to Thomas Jefferson, 8 June 1822

From Spencer Roane

Spring-Garden, near Hano Town, June 8. ’22.

Dear Sir.

I did not receive until yesterday, your favour of 31st ulto, with its’ enclosures. I learn with very great concern, that a pecuniary Embarrassment is hanging over you, arising from your friendship for a man, in whom, at the time, we all had the highest confidence. All your friends take a deep interest in the serenity of the Evening of your life. I add my earnest prayer, that it may be as tranquil and as happy, as the meridian and progress of that life, have been useful and illustrious.

With these sentiments, it gives me pleasure to say, that I see no reasonable objection to my yielding to your wish, on the case you have propounded. It cannot be improper to pass an opinion upon a case, which can never come before me.—yet I cannot, instantly, turn my attention to this case, to my own satisfaction: nor, probably, until my return to Richmond, after Harvest, say in about three weeks from this time. I cannot do it sooner, for want of books, and from the present feeble state of my health. All my law-books are at Richmond, and it may be necessary to consult some of them, in forming the opinion requested. My health is, also, far from being good. It has been very delicate, and I have been reduced low: but, by attending strictly to my diet, in the Country, & taking exercise on horseback, it is greatly mended: and, unless I am overpowered by the warm weather, I hope it will be completely restored; or, at least, that I Shall be rendered better able to attend to business, than at present.

If this delay Should not be inconvenient to you, I will, with pleasure, undertake the business on my return to Richmond. Under that idea I retain the papers: or, in the contrary Event, I would promptly return them to you. A Notification to the last Effect, directed to Richmond, would speedily reach me.

With the most sincere respect & Esteem, I am, Dear sir, your friend & Servant,

Spencer Roane

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 15 June 1822 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to William H. Keating, 18 July 1822, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello Albemarle” by “mail to Milton”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 11 June.

TJ’s pecuniary embarrassment arose out of his friendship with Wilson Cary Nicholas.

Index Entries

  • exercise, physical; and health search
  • health; and diet search
  • health; and exercise search
  • horses; riding of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; endorses notes for W. C. Nicholas search
  • law; books on search
  • Morrison, James; and W. C. Nicholas’s estate search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); estate of search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); TJ endorses notes for search
  • Owings, Thomas Deye; and W. C. Nicholas’s estate search
  • Roane, Spencer; andWilson Cary Nicholas’s Administrators v. James Morrison and Thomas Deye Owings search
  • Roane, Spencer; health of search
  • Roane, Spencer; letters from search
  • weather; effect on health search
  • weather; heat search
  • Wilson Cary Nicholas’s Administrators v. James Morrison and Thomas Deye Owings; S. Roane’s opinion of search