Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Christopher Ellery, 3 March 1820

Mar. 3. 20

Your favor of Feb. 22. gave me great pleasure as it assured me you were in life and health, but greater still as it told me I could render you a service. I have not hesitated to address a letter to the president bearing witness to your merits in the times of trial as well as to those of all times: altho’ suffering health: has obliged me to cease from letter-writing in a great degree, and a stiffening wrist disables me, as you see from doing it legibly. the same causes render brevity necessary so that to the assurances of my continued friendship & respect I can only add my sincere prayers for your success in your present object and health and life as long as you wish them.

Th: Jefferson

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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