Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 4 March 1801

To George Jefferson

Washington Mar. 4. 1801.

Dear Sir

I must ask the favor of you to call on mr Callender & to inform him that I have recieved his letter; that his fine will be remitted, but that as it requires the presence of the head of the department, it cannot be done till his arrival, which will be in a very few days. the moment he is here & qualified, it shall be dispatched.

A cask of clover seed marked TMR. is gone to the address of messrs. Pollard, Picket & Johnson. it is for T. M. Randolph & I will pray you to have it called for & sent by the first conveyance as the season is […]. I am Dear Sir

Yours affectionately

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); blurred; at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.


According to David Meade Randolph’s accounts, James T. Callender paid his $200 fine to the marshal on 4 Mch. Legal obstructions imposed by Randolph prevented Callender from recovering his fine until 20 June (Malone, Jefferson, description begins Dumas Malone, Jefferson and His Time, Boston, 1948–81, 6 vols. description ends 4:208–9; Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser., 1:117–21, 236–7).

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