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,
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.