To James Monroe
Washington July 20. 1802.
I recieved lately a letter from Genl. Lawson solliciting a charity which he desired me to send through your hands. I had yielded last year to an application of the same nature from him and although I think his habits & conduct render him less entitled to it than many others on whom it might be bestowed, yet (pour la derniere fois) I inclose for him 30. Dollars which I must ask you to apply to his use as you may think most serviceable for him. I set out tomorrow morning & shall be at Monticello on Sunday. Accept assurances of my affectionate esteem.
PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Govr. Monroe”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. MS facsimile in Dallas Auction Gallery, 6 Sep. 2015, Lot 194.
POUR LA DERNIERE FOIS: for the last time.
On 20 July, TJ recorded in his financial account book that a payment of 30. DOLLARS in charity for Lawson had been enclosed to Monroe (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 , 2:1078).