To Benjamin Harrison, Jr.
Philadelphia June 15. 98.
Having occasion to enquire into the situation of mr Short’s Green sea lands, I wrote to Colo. Harvie on the subject, who refers me to you. I wish to be informed of the quantity, county, and whether the taxes have been paid. I will thank you for information on these points addressed to me at Monticello, and also for the patent if in your hands, having been desired by mr Short to look into the matter and save the lands for him. this request will I hope apologize to you for the trouble I take the liberty of giving you. I am with esteem Dear Sir
Your most obedt. & most humble servt
PrC (DLC: Short Papers); at foot of text: “Benjamin Harrison esq.”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
On 14 June TJ sent an order to Comptroller John Steele authorizing John Barnes to receive any interest and principal to be paid 1 July on U.S. certificates held by William Short (RC in ViU; endorsed by Steele, 2 July 1798).