From Thomas Newton
[…] [23 Octr] 1799
I received your favor & inquired of the Sheriff respecting Mr. Shorts Land, he informed me that he had returnd it to the Auditor as the Law requires for non payment of taxes, on application to him1 the proprietors can redeem it. Wilson Butt is the name of the Sher & it is probable that it was returnd by the collectors before him—had it not been returnd, I wou’d have paid the tax. I shall take pleasure in serving you here & hope when you have occassion you will require it. the adventurers to St. Domingo are great sufferers being a bad Market & the produce ingaged as reported before they cou’d arive. Yrs. respectfly
[…] inclin[…] to ship Tobo. My friend Mr Robt. Crew of London a native of this State, I have no doubt will do them justice as I have ever found him punctual—
RC (ViW); mutilated, with much of dateline, one line of text, and most of TJ’s endorsement missing; at foot of first page: “turn.” Recorded in SJL as a letter of 23 Oct. received 31 Oct. 1799.
Your favor: TJ’s letter of 17 Oct. above. The state auditor was Samuel Shepard (CVSP description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers …Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. description ends , 8:392; 9:28). Robert Crew, originally of Virginia, imported American products into Britain. TJ’s last communication with him had been a letter from Crew of 22 Feb. 1793; see also Vol. 18:309n.
1. Word altered from “them,” Newton also canceling an “s” on the end of “Auditor” in the same sentence.