To Archibald Stuart
Monticello July 26. 95.
My Dear Sir
I am very thankful to you for your kind attention to our lost infant. The person you sent arrived here safely with James and their charge, and will be properly rewarded. Knowing the disposition of James, I readily conceive his conduct, and would have wished that to have been properly rewarded too, were it not that it would have added new pain to the parents of the child. I write this line by the bearer merely to assure you that he has performed his office carefully and that it is gratefully recieved by Dear Sir Your friend & servt
PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Stuart”; endorsed in ink by TJ.
Properly rewarded: TJ paid the unidentified man sent by Stuart six dollars (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 26 July 1795).
Letters from Stuart to TJ of 23 and 26 July 1795, recorded in SJL as received on 25 and 26 July 1795, respectively, have not been found.