Thomas Jefferson Papers

George W. Erving to Thomas Jefferson, 3 September 1822

From George W. Erving

Washington Sep. 3d 1822. (at Col Bomfords)

Respected Sir—

One of my first duties after my return home, & my greatest pleasure is a pilgrimage to Monticello, & I had arrived thus far on my way when Mr Monroe informed me that you did propose to make a distant journey, & may have actually commenced it;—he encourages me to ascertain the fact by writing to you,—if you shoud still be at Monticello & will allow of my visit I will leave this immediately

With very sincere respect & grateful attachment

Your very obliged & obt St

George W. Erving

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 8 Sept. 1822 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with FC of TJ to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 5 Dec. 1824, on recto and Dft of Articles of Agreement between Brockenbrough and John Gray, [ca. 5 Dec. 1824], on verso; addressed: “To Thomas Jefferson Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Washington, 5 Sept.

Although Erving left the American diplomatic service in 1819, he delayed his return home from Europe until the spring of 1822 (Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 8 June 1822).

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