Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Short, 9 October 1798

From William Short

Jefferson. Oct. 9.—letters written & recd.—prudential motives prevent friend & myself giving publicity to our intentions—have seen a pamphlet from wch. it appears that party spirit has entered into the banks at Phi. as to discounts—inclose the copy legalised of Paskies papers—if good beg him to send them to my brother—inclose extracts of Colo. S. letters—& go into long details on that subject—shall employ my brother1 to settle with him & will write to him on the subject Colo. Skip’s conduct neither generous nor friendly—shd. be glad if he wd. settle the matter of himself—but from his past conduct towards me cannot hope it—besides Harvies bond, has never accted. for the int. warrty. of Jan 1. 88—&c &c.—the £150 of B. Harrison—if not paid by Harrison beg him to receive it with the interest—if paid to Colo. S. to enter into the general settlement—inclose the extracts of Brown’s letters—the bonds there mentioned never accted. for by him nor Colo. S.—sorry to be so long without hearing from him—our correspondence being private can give umbrage to nobody—hope that the usual intercourse will be restored—this Go. desires it & hope our’s will keep us out of the broils of Europe—&c.—

FC (DLC: Short Papers); entirely in Short’s hand, the final entry in a group of epistolary summaries beginning 26 Dec. 1797; at foot of text: “(End)”; recorded in SJL as received from Paris 27 Jan. 1799. Enclosures not found, but see below.

Friend: the Duchesse de La Rochefoucauld.

Paskies Papers: on 16 Oct. 1799 TJ wrote to Short’s brother, Peyton Short, enclosing the documentation sent by William Short concerning his title to a tract of military land purchased from Captain Paskie. This may have been Frederick Paschke, a captain in Count Pulaski’s legion, 1777–80, and a member of the quartermaster department of the Southern Army, 1780–83 (JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, Washington, D.C., 1904–37, 34 vols. description ends , 26:36; Paschke memorial to Congress, 30 Oct. 1784, DNA: RG 360, PCC; Leszek Szyma’nski, Kazimierz Pulaski in America: A Monograph, 1777–1779 [San Bernardino, Calif., 1988], 192–3). Colo. S.: Henry Skipwith. In October 1799 TJ solicited a statement of James Brown’s accounts with Short (TJ to Brown, 16 Oct., Brown to TJ, 27 Oct. 1799).

1Word canceled in MS.

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