Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Van Staphorst & Hubbard, 11 April 1796

From Van Staphorst & Hubbard

Amsterdam 11 April 1796.


Since We addressed you the 27 January last; returning you with protests for non acceptance and non payment your remittance £39.17.10 1/2 on Wm. Anderson, We have your esteemed favor of 31 of same month, covering another remittance for account of Mr. P. Mazzei, in Wm. Hodgson’s Bill at 60 days sight on Robinson Sanderson & Rumney of Whitehaven payable in London, with Which We will do the needful to credit of said Gentleman to whom We forwarded an advice of the receipt thereof together with your letter for him. We are ever with regard and esteem Sir! Your mo: ob: hb: Servants

N & J Van Staphorst & Hubbard

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson Esqr. Monticello. Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 July 1796 and so recorded in SJL. Dupl, recorded in SJL as received 3 Sep. 1796, has not been found.

Two bills of exchange for Philip Mazzei had encountered delays in payment, and not until TJ received Van Staphorst & Hubbard’s letter of 27 January in mid-May would he know that one of them, on William Anderson of London, had been refused and returned. Its issuer, Nathaniel Anderson, who was previously of Richmond, resided in Albemarle County, and TJ sought reimbursement of the amount of the bill plus the cost of the protest and interest. Anderson settled up by a series of transactions between 6 June and 15 Sep. 1796, including cash payments, beef and mutton that William Jones of Albemarle supplied to TJ for Anderson’s credit, and the assumption of a part of the debt by John Steele, a stonemason who worked on the foundation at Monticello (notes of account with Nathaniel Anderson, 11 June 1794 to 15 Sep. 1796, MS in DLC: TJ Papers, 101:17269-70, entirely in TJ’s hand, detailing costs and repayment of the protested bill with three different calculations of the amount due; bill of exchange, 11 June 1794, and copy bearing endorsement of protest, 14 Sep. 1795, in same, 100:17231–3; Jones’s statement of account, 15 Sep. 1796, in same, 100: 17214; 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 , ii, 928–9, 941, 943–5; Vol. 28: 342, 500–501, 599–600). Your esteemed favor: see TJ to Philip Mazzei, 31 Jan. 1796.

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