Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Henry Tazewell, 30 September 1782

To Henry Tazewell

Monticello Sep. 30. 1782.


The unhappy circumstances which have abstracted me from all business during the preceding summer will I hope apologize for my being so late in acknowleging the receipt of your letter of June 8. on the subject of the papers in the case of Kennon’s trustees. I have copies [of the] Bill, Mr. Kennon’s answer, Mr. Wayles and Hardyman’s joint answer, the separate answer of Acrill, the joint one of Baker & Thompson, list of the suits wherein Mr. Wayles and Hardyman were bail and the decree. But these are all of them copies, and so attested by Mr. Davenport. If I ever saw the original papers, be assured that they did not remain in my possession, as I never trusted myself with the custody of such papers. I kn[ow tha]t I have seen the original instrument of exoneration sig[ned by] the creditors, but I have no copy of that. I am Sir Your very humble servt,

Th: Jefferson

P.S. On recurring to another bundle of papers I find an attested copy of the instrument of exonerat[ion.]

RC (Lloyd W. Smith, Madison, N.J., 1951); slightly mutilated; addressed to Tazewell at Williamsburg; endorsed: “Thos. Jefferson Oct: 1782.”

Tazewell’s letter of 8 June 1782 has not been found.

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