Meriwether Lewis: Promissory Note
I promise to pay Thomas Jefferson his Heirs or Assigns, on demand, the sum of one hundred and three Dollars and ninety three Cents, for value recieved.—
June 23rd. 1803. $.103.93
MS (MHi); entirely in Lewis’s hand; endorsement and later notations by TJ on verso:
Note of hand
|Note of hand||D|
|by disbursemts. for me.||21.50|
In 1810, when TJ brought this debt to the attention of one of the executors of Lewis’s estate, he described it as “monies furnished” to Lewis “some time before he set out on his Western expedition” (RS description begins J. Jefferson Looney and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Princeton, 2004- , 9 vols. description ends , 2:294, 336).