Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 21 February 1800

To George Jefferson

Philadelphia Feb. 21. 1800.

Dear Sir

I wrote you on the 6th. since which I have recieved your’s of the 5th. being indebted to mr Lyon the printer 10. Dollars, and perhaps something more for his magazines, I have desired him to call on you for paiment, which I pray you to make him. I put the letter to him under your cover, lest a letter from me to him might excite the officious notice of the post office. I forwarded to mr Randolph lately an account of the sale of his tobo. we could only get 7. Dollars, payable in five instalments from two months to two months. the 1st. is due March 15. mr Barnes will remit them to you for mr Randolph & mrs Key, and you will be pleased to keep her account separate & answer her orders for the money when in hand. I am Dear Sir

Your affectionate friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure: TJ to James Lyon, of this date (recorded in SJL but not found).


TJ paid James Lyon for copies of Friend of the People, a fortnightly newspaper published intermittently in 1800. For a time the political paper was published in the office of Lyon’s National Magazine in Richmond (MB, description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends 2:1014; Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820, Worcester, Mass., 1947, 2 vols. description ends , 2:1140). See Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 554.

I forwarded to Mr Randolph: see TJ to Thomas Mann Randolph, 17 Feb.

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