Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joshua Dodge to Thomas Jefferson, 20 August 1822

From Joshua Dodge

Salem 20 Augt 1822

Respected Sir—

I have had the pleasure of recg your esteemed letter of 19 ultmo & beg you to accept my sincere thanks for your kind attention to my wishes & I sincerely hope that I shall soon have the pleasure of thanking you in person.

It was near seven years that I had been absent from my native Country & the pleasure I felt in revisiting it was indescribable; absence had served to impress more deeply in my Memory the scenes of my youth & still more deeply in my heart did I feel the proud satisfaction of being a Citizen of the United States—the more we see of foreign countries the more we become attached to our own, and consequently our attachment becomes still greater to those liberties which the Fathers of our Revolution have blessed us with & which in the immortal declaration of our Independence are so admirably set forth; the getting that declaration by heart should be the first lesson given to our youth—I have wrote to Marseilles respecting the addition of the Brandy to your order & you may depend it will be attended to—I sincerely thank you for your kind offer of letters, to your friends at Richmond, they will be to me of the greatest use—I have recd an answer from the Department of State approving of my absence—I have the honor to remain with sentiments of the highest esteem, your most Obedt Servt

Josha Dodge

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 31 Aug. 1822 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with Dft of TJ to Francis W. Gilmer, 30 Nov. 1824, on verso; addressed: “To Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello—Virginia”; franked; postmarked Salem, Mass., 23 Aug.

Index Entries

  • alcohol; brandy search
  • American Revolution; mentioned search
  • brandy; French search
  • Declaration of Independence; mentioned search
  • Dodge, Joshua; and wine and groceries for TJ search
  • Dodge, Joshua; letters from search
  • Dodge, Joshua; plans to visit TJ search
  • Dodge, Joshua; visits U.S. search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from J. Dodge search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Declaration of Independence search
  • State Department, U.S.; and Marseille consulate search
  • wine; TJ orders from J. Dodge search