Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Edmund J. Lee, Cuthbert Powell, and Archibald McClean, 14 August 1803

To Edmund J. Lee, Cuthbert Powell, and Archibald McClean

Monticello Aug. 14. 1803.


On my arrival here I recieved from the person I had employed for that purpose, copies of the acts respecting the town of Alexandria, which had been selected from my collection of the printed laws. although I have not had time to examine & compare them myself, the correctness of the transcriber on former occasions gives me entire confidence that these are correct. I now inclose them, & beg leave to assure you of my respect & esteem.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Messrs. Lee, Powell & Mc.lean”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosures not found, but see TJ to Lee, Powell, and McClean, 15 Apr. 1803, for the list of acts to be transcribed.

person i had employed: on 3 Sep., TJ paid Thomas C. Fletcher $8.33 “for copyg. acts for Alexandria” (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 , 2:1106). A letter from Fletcher to TJ of 18 July 1803, recorded in SJL as received from Charlottesville four days later, has not been found.

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