Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to ——, 30 June 1771

To ——

Albemarle June 30. 1771.


Among the Treasurer’s causes which I have undertaken to finish is a suit brought against you by Martar. As I am an utter stranger to the nature of the demand of the plaintiff, and of your defence I must trouble you to give me timely notice of both. If you would chuse subpoenas to summon any evidences be pleased to write a line to Mr. James Steptoe my agent at the Secretary’s office who will take care to forward them to you. A letter directed to me and sent to the care of the same gentleman or of Mr. Neill Campbell merchant Richmond will probably get safe to Sir Your humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

Dft (DLC).

The addressee was being sued by one martar, but no record of a suit in which Martar was plaintiff is to be found in TJ’s Case Book, and Martar himself has not been identified. The case was one among those turned over to TJ by Robert Carter Nicholas (the treasurer) when Nicholas retired from practice in the spring of 1771. TJ did not continue Nicholas’ practice after the fall of 1771; see Case Book, No. 612, entry for 31 Oct. 1771.

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