Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Hartwell Cocke, 1 April 1821

Monticello Apr. 1. 21. Sunday morn.

Dear Sir

I dined from home yesterday & did not return till night which has occasioned the detention of your servant till this morning. I am sorry you cannot join us, as we have an important question to decide, but still more regret the cause of your absence. mr Madison is now here, and I count with much confidence on mr Cabell and mr Johnson which will make us a quorum. I think too that Genl Brackenridge will come from his knolege of the importance of the meeting. with you I doubt as to Genl Taylor because he would have come by the stage of yesterday evening. with the degree of probability which we possess of a quorum, there certainly is not such a necessity for your attendance with that view as to urge it , at the risk of your health in it’s present disordered state, and the possibility that it might increase the disorder.

I return you many thanks for the carp and for the kale seed you were so kind as to send and salute you with affectionate esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson


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