Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to —— Myers, 24 November 1793

To —— Myers

Germantown Nov. 24. 1793.


According to my engagement I now inclose you 186. Doll. thirty six cents = £55–18–3 Virginia currency to be passed to the credit of Mrs. Carr. You will readily perceive that your endorsement on the inclosed bank note will make it cash to any person wishing to remit to Philadelphia. The Custom house officers particularly take up these notes by a general arrangement. I am Sir Your most obedt. servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Myers.” Tr (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); 19th-century copy.

For TJ’s engagement to pay the debt of his sister Martha Jefferson Carr to Myers, see note to TJ to Mrs. Carr, 19 Oct. 1793. The firm of “Mo & Jo A Myers” responded from Goochland on 2 Dec. 1793 with a brief acknowledgment that the bank note had been received and “pass’d to your credit with us, being for the amount of your acceptance of Mrs. Martha Carr’s draft on you for the above sum, which you have herewith transmitted” (RC in ViU: Carr-Cary Papers; at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre.”; endorsed by TJ as received 18 Dec. 1793 and so recorded in SJL). Neither Myers has been positively identified, nor is it certain to which one TJ was writing; for Virginia merchants with the same surname and initials, see Joseph R. Rosenbloom, A Biographical Dictionary of Early American Jews, Colonial Times through 1800 (Lexington, Ky., 1960), 126–8.

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