Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Page, 10 July 1804

Richmond July 10th. 1804

Your Favour my dear Friend of the 25th. ulto. has been too long before me, not to require an Apology. for although I might have been much longer at a loss how to express myself on the melancholy subject of your letter; I ought before this, to have heartily thanked you, for myself Mrs. Page & Family, for your friendly & kind invitation to Monticello. But whilst I thanked you, I wished to be able to promise our acceptance of your Invitation; & had hoped that certain circumstances would, by this day, have enabled me with all human certainty to assure you that in August or September Mrs. Page & myself with a part of our Family would wait on you with pleasure. As yet, I can only say, that we earnestly hope that we may be enabled to enjoy that happiness. Indisposed & much engaged in business, I must beg to be excused for not taking notice of the other parts of your letter, & for only adding at present, our best Thanks & wishes for your happiness, and my assurances of my respect & Esteem

being my dear Sir your sincerely affectionate Friend

John Page

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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