From George Jefferson
Richmd. 15th. Janr. ’99.
The preceding is a copy of a notice which Mr. Call, (who has taken charge of Mr. Washington’s business) gave me a few days ago; the original of which I forwarded by this mornings post to Mr. Randolph, with a request that he will have it executed and returned to me. Mr. C. called to advise with me upon the subject, & concurred in opinion with me that this would be a better plan, than sending it to you, which he had a thought of doing.
I have not yet seen the Capt. of the rising sun; I went to Rocketts to day in search of him, & find he has been up, but is gone again into the Country, being in ill-health. I believe I informed you in my last that one of his owners was of opinion he would go to Carolina & take possession of the Cargo-he is still, after seeing the Capt., of the same opinion.
Mr. Pendleton yesterday paid us four hundred pounds more-if you should meet with any difficulty in disposing of dfts: on this place, I can remit you Mr. S’s money in B. notes-or if you dislike that mode on acct. of the risk, I think I can at any time procure bills on Philada.
I am Dear Sir Your Very humble servt.
RC (MHi); with copy of court notice in George Jefferson’s hand at head of page above greeting; at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson esqr.”; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Jan. 1799 and so recorded in SJL.
Copy of a notice: the document from the Virginia High Court of Chancery concerned the suit brought by TJ as plaintiff against the heirs of Bennett Henderson in September 1795 to cease work on a dam they were erecting on the Rivanna River (Inquest on Shadwell Mill, 18 Sep. 1795). The court’s notice provided the names of the Henderson heirs “upon whom an attachment for their contempt in not answering the bill of the plaintiff hath been returned executed & still failing to answer the same, the Court this 27th. day of Septr. 1798, upon the motion of the plaintiff by his councel, doth take his bill for confessed, & will proceed at a future day to decree the matter thereof; unless the said defendant, on or before the 10th. day of the term next after they shall have been served with a copy of this order, shew cause to the contrary.” The copy of the order was certified by Peter Tinsley, clerk of the court. For the decree issued by the court on 1 Oct., see Daniel Call to TJ, 13 Oct. 1799.
Mr. S’s Money: William Short’s salary reimbursement.