Volume 43

11 March to 30 June 1804

Volume Details

Selected Documents
18 April 1804

Enslaved servant John Freeman worries about the fate of his intended bride after the death of her mistress, Mary Jefferson Eppes.

20 May 1804

Abigail Adams, sharing the pain of parental loss of a child, breaks a long silence with Jefferson to offer condolences on the death of his daughter Mary Jefferson Eppes.

4 June 1804

Jefferson writes his son-in-law about his intentions to honor his grandchildren’s land inheritance at Pantops, encloses a letter received from Abigail Adams, and asserts that his only disagreement with John Adams was over the “midnight appointments.”

9 June 1804

Jefferson commends the Algerian ruler’s “attachment to the Treaty which binds us together,” promises to send cannons and naval stores, and reports that additional U.S. frigates will be sent to the Mediterranean Sea in a show of strength against Tripoli.