From Benjamin Harrison, Jr.
Richmond 18th July 1798
I received your favor of 15th Ulto from Philada in due course of Post & having lately heard of your return to Monticello I reply—that enclosed herein you will find, a Patent dated 10th Decr 1784 to Wm Short Assignee of John Harvie for 1000 Acres of Land in Norfolk County, which I suppose to be in the Green Sea, & the Land that you enquire about—
I also enclose to you a Note under date of 18th June 1782—Wm Long to Wm Short for £4 Specie—which I have never been able to do any thing with, not knowing Long or where he lived—you will do me the favor to acknowledge the Rect of these papers they being the last of Mr Shorts that I had in my Hands & believe me Sir
your very Respectful Srt
Benj Harrison Jr
RC (DLC: Short Papers); endorsed as received 27 July 1798 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Virginia land patent, 10 Dec. 1784, to William Short as assignee of John Harvie, for 1,000 acres in Norfolk County with surveyed bounds, the property adjoining tracts owned by Patrick Henry “& Company” (DLC: Short Papers; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Lieutenant Governor Beverly Randolph; endorsement by clerk, signed by Harvie: “William Short is Intitled to the within mentioned Tract of Land”). (2) Note by W. Long, 10 June 1782, promising to pay Short or order the sum indicated above, no terms of payment being specified (DLC: Short Papers; among endorsements one in TJ’s hand: “sent by B.H. to Th:J.”).