Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Westwood Wallace, 23 February 1822

Mo Feb. 23. 22.

Dr Doctor

your letter of the 10th has but just reached me, having loitered long on the way. still I hope this may find you in Phili if the mail does it’s duty, of which the improvement of the season admits a hope.

I send you with pleasure a lre to the President as you requested. but I am afraid you are proposing to yourself a life of their diet, that of living by the charities you may render to others. a thickening to your soup will certainly be needed from some other quarter. the govmt to whom you look is like a sow with more pigs than teats. I wish it may have a good one for you.

I am glad to find you are still able to pay your annual visit to Philad I hear such wonders of it’s increase and of that of N.Y. that I wish I could see their condn before I depart. I have friends too there whom it would delight me to see. but years & debility say no and I must acquiesce. long health & prosperity to you with the assurances of my great esteem & respect

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