Welcome! These are my boundaries.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Ellery. he is glad to recieve visits either of business or society at any hour of the forenoon. he generally goes out for exercise at noon. and is then engaged with company till candle-light, after which his friends will again find him entirely disengaged. he takes the liberty of mentioning this to mr Ellery, lest doubts on his part might deprive Th:J. of the pleasure of his visits which he shall be glad to recieve as often as convenient.
To Christopher Ellery, December 12, 1801
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Wise leaders share their boundaries with others.
Ellery (1768-1840) had just been elected to the U.S. Senate from Rhode Island as a Democratic-Republican (i.e. Republican). The President was welcoming the newcomer to town and invited him to visit, either for business or pleasure. He wanted Ellery to know his schedule and personal habits, so nothing would interfere with a pleasant meeting.
Referring to himself in the third person, he gave these guidelines:
1. Any time in the morning was acceptable for Ellery to visit.
2. At noon he left for exercise (a horseback ride).
3. From his return until dark, he was occupied with commitments to others.
4. From dark until bedtime, he kept to himself.
The President wanted to encourage Ellery’s visits while at the same time honoring his other commitments and personal habits.