Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Jefferson, 20 January 1799

From George Jefferson

Richmond 20th. Janr. 1799

Dear Sir,

Your favors of the 10th. & 12th. both came to hand by last nights post—your draughts therein mentioned, in favor of Mr. Strange for £95.8., and Mr. Richard for $:1200—, are accepted.

With respect to my having paid freight on your things up the river contrary to your direction; I have to observe—that I perfectly recollect your having given me such direction—and, as perfectly, that I have never since paid any freight, excepting in one or two instances in which I have advanced a few dollars to a fellow of the name of Jackson—who sometimes calls himself Gibson; which I did in consequence of his telling me after he had got the things into his boat, that he could not do without a little money to get provisons—In such cases I remember that I was particular in expressing in the receipt which I uniformly forwarded,1 that so much had been advanced. I do not recollect to a certainty at what time you gave this instruction; I thought you had written to me upon the subject—but upon referring to your letters I cannot find any thing concerning it—& am therefore inclined to think that you must have mentioned it to me when we met in Baltimore on your return from Philada.—indeed I think I have some recollection of the conversation—I find that I returned home the 4th of July—& if you will examine my account, you will perceive there is no charge for freight since that time; except the little advances I have mentioned—& which I knew could not have any influence in your fixing on the price of carriage.

I inclose you receipts for the freight charged in my last account—to enable you to ascertain whether you have paid the same yourself. The chimney-piece has not yet come down—when it does it shall be forwarded. Your Very Obt. servt.

Geo. Jefferson

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson esqr.”; endorsed by TJ as received 27 Jan. 1799 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.

TJ’s letter of 12 Jan. is not recorded in SJL and has not been found.

1Preceding four words interlined.

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