Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Christopher Clark, 10 September 1802

To Christopher Clark

Monticello Sep. 10. 1802.


About 9. or 10. years ago I put into the hands of mr Lyle of Manchester some bonds toward paiment of a debt I owed, part of which I understand he remitted to you for collection. my attention being lately called to this subject, it appears so far as respects your portion of the collection to stand thus.

bonds delivd to mr Clarke
payable 1793. Dec. 14. [Milliner] Miller & Miller 121-7-6
[Perrow] Clarke & Clarke [20]-10-0
Branch & [three] Minors 40-[12]-6
Clarke & Clarke [55-15]-0
Hawkins, Perrow & Dillon 41-16-0
[pay]able 1794. Dec. 14. [Milliner] & Millers £[120]-7-6
[do. to Th:J & by] [. . .] 72-8-[8] 4[8]-18-10
[Perrow] Clarke & Clarke 20-10-0
Branch & three Minors [40-12-6]
Credits by mr Lyle as paid by mr Clarke
1794. Oct. [20?] £48-[13?]-10
1795. [March 30?] 49-0-0
Oct. 5 120-0-0
1797. May 15. 89-1-3
1798. May 15 [. . .]

As these bonds bore interest from the periods above stated, and where suits were brought, costs would be recovered, I suppose they must yield their principal and interest without any other deduction than your commision, unless there was any insolvency. calculating the two sums of £280-[1–0 with intt. from] 1793. Dec. 14. [. . .] and 110-[1–4] with int. from 1794. Dec. 14 and giving credits by the paiments above stated, at their [. . .] dates, I should conclude, after deducting your commission on those paiments that there must be between 50. & 60. £ with interest from 1798 [May?] 18. [still] uncollected. [but what] losses or other accidents may have diminished this balance I cannot judge. the object of this letter is to ask the favor of you to inf[orm me] of the state of the collection, and whether & when any further [remittance be] expected from it & the business be finally closed. [. . .] remaining [. . .] to be paid to mr Lyle, altho the information is asked for myself to guide [. . .] [with him]. Accept assurances of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); faint; arranged by TJ with the credits column to the right of the column with bonds delivered to Clark; at foot of text: “Mr. Christopher Clarke”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

MY ATTENTION BEING LATELY CALLED: James Lyle to TJ, 3 Aug. 1802. A probable response from Clark, recorded in SJL as a letter of 28 Oct. 1802 received 7 Nov., has not been found.

Correctly deducting £72.8.8 from £120.7.6 would have actually left a sum of £47.18.10, payable by Milliner and the MILLERS as of 14 Dec. 1794. In a letter of that day to James Lyle, agent of one of his major creditors, TJ had calculated the sum as £49.18.10 (Vol. 28:218).

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