Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Charles Clay, 9 August 1819

Aug. 9. 1819.

112. JEFFERSON. (THOMAS). A.L.S. signed at top: “TH: J. TO MR. CLAY,” 1 full p. oblong 4to. Aug. 9, 1819. (With contents most remarkable!) “I MUST have been misunderstood by those who thought I disapproved of the judgment in the case of the negroes. I thought I said very distinctly it was the fittest procedure which could be adopted, inasmuch as the medicine was not furnished by the Doctor with ill intent, nor proved to have produced ill effect, the only case which could authorize severer punishment. I am under a smart attack of rheumatism in both shoulders, wrists & knees, insomuch that I can scarcely walk or write. BETTER HEALTH TO YOU AND AS MUCH MORE GOOD ROASTING TO THE SWINDLING TRIBE AS YOU PLEASE!”

Thos. surely was in bad physical shape: his characterizations of the M.D.’s as a “swindling tribe” would infer they could not stop the rheumatic twinges in Thos. “both shoulders, wrists & knees”!.......$27.50

113. JEFFERSON. (THOMAS). A.L.S. signed at top: “TH: J. TO MR. CLAY,” 1 full p. small 4to., Pop For. Nov. 18, 1815. An interesting letter in which J. appears as a scientist:

“I was five days absent in my trip to the peaks of Otter, and have been five days engaged in calculating the observations made. This brings me down to yesterday evening when I finished them. I am going today to see Mr. Clark at his new habitation, and tomorrow, weather permitting, will pay you a morning visit. . . Send. . you. . some paper mulberries, valuable for the regularity of their form, velvet leaf & for being fruitless. They are charming near a porch. . . . ”etc.

This gives an unusual insight into J.’s character. FINE............$25.00

JEFFERSON. (THOMAS). A.L.S. signed at top: “TH:J. TO MR. CLAY” 1 full p. oblong, 4 to. Aug. 9. 1819. (With contents most remarkable!) “I MUST have been misunderstood by those who thought I disapproved of the judgment in the case of the negroes. I thought I said very distinctily it was the fittest procedure which could be adopted, inasmuch as the medicine was not furnished by the Doctor with ill intent, nor proved to have produced ill effect, the only case which could authorize severer punishment. I am under a smart attack of rheumatism in both shoulders, wrists & knees, insomuch that I can scarcely walk or write. BETTER HEALTH TO YOU AND AS MUCH MORE GOOD ROASTING TO THE SWINDLING TRIBE AS YOU PLEASE!”

Thos. surely was in bad physical shape: his characterizations of the M.D.’s as a “swindling tribe” would infer they could not stop the rheumatic twinges in Thos. “both shoulders, wrists & knees”!.......$27.50

[This typescript is from a typescript found among the papers of Edward L. Stone. It would appear to be a catalog notice, but this letter is unkanown elsewhere. It is not in the check list, epislatory record or other indices of Jeffersoniana. What catalog this discription is from and who bought it, is not known.]

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