You want news? I’ve got NEWS!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP

… [I] give you the news of the country …
Marriages [12, including Short’s brother] … Deaths  [12 including Short’s sister] …
Miscellaneous events.
[Law Professor] Mr. Wythe has abandoned the college of Wm. & Mary, disgusted with some of the conduct of the professors…
North Carolina has acceded to the new constitution by a great majority…
Our new Capitol [in Richmond, VA] …will be an edifice of first rate dignity…
The town below Shockoe creek is so deserted, that you cannot get a person to live in a house there rentfree.
Mayo’s bridge is repaired and brings him in about 20. dollars a day. ..
The canal from Westham will be opened three days hence …
Our neighborhood at Monticello is much improved [with good neighbors] …
Appointments: … Salaries …
Frugality is a good deal restored in this country, and domestic manufactures resumed. …
I made up a bundle of newspapers for you …

Source: To William Short, December 14, 1789

Patrick Lee’s Explanation

Thoughtful leaders keep their friends well-informed.
Short was Jefferson’s secretary in France. Jefferson had just returned to America, and Short stayed behind. Jefferson wrote his younger friend a long, newsy letter about matters great and small.

The report included who married whom, who died, far more newsy items than are listed here, who got appointed to what offices, the salaries of public officers (from $3,500 for Secretaries of State and Treasury down to $600 for the Secretary of War), and so on. If this weren’t enough, he had collected newspapers for Short.

Jefferson loved knowing the latest happenings, both personal and political. In an earlier post, Jefferson wrote to James Monroe from France in 1785, in the year after his arrival, complaining that no one but Monroe had written to him with news from home. He was lonely. Jefferson was now doing for his friend Short what he wished others had done for him.


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