Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Alexander, 26 July 1796

To William Alexander

Monticello July 26. 96.


The large and constant remittances of cash which I am obliged to make to Philadelphia for nailrod for the supply of my nailery, constrain me to expect short paiments for the nails I furnish. I have lately even found it necessary to require ready money instead of the three months credit I formerly gave. I have therefore taken the liberty of drawing on you for £16—10—3 the amount of the nails I furnished you last September in favor of Mr. Samuel Clarke merchant of Staunton.

Mr. Monroe mentioned to me your directions to him to pay me the proceeds of a suit he brought for you in this county. But the delays of the Law leave it in the power of a debtor to lead a chace of years by the help of appeals, injunctions, replevins &c. inconsistent with the necessities of regular business. I am with respect Sir Your most obedt. servt

Th: Jefferson

1795. Sep. 29.

 £  s d
208. ℔ VIIId. nails @ 11 1/2d.  9–19–4
 60. ℔   X. @ 11d.  2–15–0
 40. ℔ XVI. @ 10d  1–13–4
 50. ℔  XX. @  9 1/2d  1–19–7
3. casks     3  

PrC (ViHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Wm. Alexander”; endorsed in ink by TJ on verso.

Paiments for the nails: in 1799 TJ received £13 on Alexander’s “old nail acct.” (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, 1000).

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