Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Ritchie, 10 June 1822

To Thomas Ritchie

Monticello June 10. 22.

Dear Sir

I have to return you infinite thanks for the kind interest you have taken in the late denunciation against me by a Pseudo-native of Virginia, and particularly for the proofs of it furnished thro’ the hands of my grandson. it has been a rule of my life, steadily observed to take no notice of anonymous defamations. but I know that money imputations are more apt than others to excite suspicions and that suspicions are at this time every where abroad. I thought it therefore due to myself, and respectful to public opinion, to explain this case authentically, and under my own signature, and for the same reasons I give the 2d paper, now inclosed to you which will close my notice of this libeller.

I have no right however, dear Sir, to occupy gratis, so much of your columns; for these two papers have become so [. . .] let me pray you then to state to Colo Peyton what you deem a pr[oper] compensation, and he will pay it on sight of this letter. I shall be particularly gratified by being permitted to discharge this debt to you and with this assurance be pleased to accept that of my great friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; torn at seal; at foot of text: “Mr Ritchie”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Ritchie & Gooch, 10 June 1822.

TJ’s grandson: probably Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

Index Entries

  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; replying to anonymous attacks search
  • Peyton, Bernard; payments made for TJ search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (1792–1875) (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); carries papers for TJ search
  • Richmond Enquirer (newspaper); and “A Native of Virginia” search
  • Ritchie, Thomas; and “A Native of Virginia” search
  • Ritchie, Thomas; letters to search
  • “A Native of Virginia” (pseudonym); accuses TJ of misuse of public funds search
  • “A Native of Virginia” (pseudonym); TJ’s replies to search