Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Edmund Randolph, 21 November 1797

From Edmund Randolph

Richmond November 21. 1797

Dear Sir

While I supposed, that every thing was completed by Mr. Morris relative to Mr. Short’s money, for which he (Mr. M.) gave me his note for stock in 1794, I have been deceived. Immediately I obtained from Mr. Lyons and Mr: Pendleton, who hold six per cent stock the inclosed assumpsit for £2,000 within thirty pounds; which you will find satisfactory; as it is certain. I am the absolute owner of the inclosed decree, not as administrator only, but in my own right. ’Till this moment I thought I had the decree of the 19th. of March 1795; but I must send it by the next mail. The papers sent shew, that judgment was obtained in 1767 by one Johnston against Royle on a bill of Speaker Robinson’s, on which Royle was an indorser for £788.5.7. Sterling with interest ’till paid. Royle paid it, and Robinson’s administrators endeavoured to postpone it to debts of the first dignity. A bill was filed against them to give it its true dignity, and, as a second resource, the scire facias was prepared, as is now [seen] by the inclosed; but it was never used; as Mr. Wythe decided and the administrators acquiesced in the decision; namely for the above Sum at 25 per cent and twenty years interest thus:

£ 788. 5. 7. twenty1
years interest on which   788. 5. 7
£1576.11. 2 Sterling
 25 per cent   394. 2. 9

I have arranged the balance in an equally sure way, and equally agreeable to Mr. Short; being for stock. You shall hear from me again the beginning of next week. I am dear sir yr. obliged friend

Edm: Randolph

RC (DLC: Short Papers); with emendations, the most important of which is noted below; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Dec. 1797 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.

1Word overwritten by Randolph, probably in place of “sterling.”

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