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Title:[Letter] 1820 Jun. 22 [to] Mr. J. Wharton, Nashville, Tennessee / Thomas Jefferson : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Jefferson, Thomas

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Date: June 22, 1820
Extent: 2p
Summary:This document is a letter dated June 22, 1820 from Thomas Jefferson to a Mr. Wharton. Mr. Wharton had requested information from Jefferson about an incident that occurred 40 years prior. Jefferson responded that his memory was no longer clear but he thought that a statement given by one General Smith was accurate.
Collection:Thomas Jefferson Letter
Box:Correspondence by Author, b1

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free Th [Thomas] Jefferson Mr. J. Wharton Nashville, Ten. [Tennessee] [added: J [June] 1820][added: Thomas JeffersonJune 22d 1820]

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Monticello June 22. 20

Your letter of May 30, came to hand yesterday. The transactions of which it asks information, are of 40 years date. The crowded scenes thro' [through] which I have passed within that period, wish a memory in the wane of age, have so far obliterated them from my mind as to be quite unable to give any account of them which would merit attention. I can only say in general that my best recollections concur with the statement you have sent me from Genl. [General] Smith . I think that is accurate. The instruction given by myself as Governor to Jn. [John] Walker and Smith I well remember an apprehension that a peace was patching up in Europe on the principle of Uti possidetis, induced us hastily to ascertain where our boundary struck the Mississippi, and to take possession by a fort which we directed Genl. [General] Clarke to build & garrison. more than this my memory does not enable me to say. Accept the assurances of my esteem & respect

Th [Thomas] Jefferson
J. Wharton esq. [esquire]

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