Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Jacob Rinker, 27 June 1803

From Jacob Rinker

Washington, City Tavern,
Monday morning June 27th. 1803.


General Isaac Zane by his last Will and Testamont left you a small Legacy (for the purpose in the said Will mentioned) I am one of the Executors acting under the said Will and am now ready to pay said legacy—must beg the favor of you to be so good and inform me when and where to waite on you to pay the same.—

With Sentiments of Respect I am your most Obedient Humble Servant

Jacob Rinker

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 27 June and so recorded in SJL with notation “Zane’s legacy.”

The son of a Swiss immigrant, Jacob Rinker (1749–1827) served as an officer during the American Revolution. He resided near Conicville, in Shenandoah County, Virginia, where he was a county surveyor and magistrate (John W. Wayland, A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia [Strasburg, Va., 1927], 157–8, 556–8).

A close friend of TJ, isaac zane of Frederick County, Virginia, died in 1795 (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 , 1:429n; Vol. 2:175n; Vol. 36:520n).

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