From Craven Peyton
Stump Island 7. Sept. 1803
Fantress will set out the last of this week. I have not the smalest doubt but he will have the deed Proven as directed. he will inform the Family of the situation of the present mill, & if I new what you woud be willing to give for the mill House with all the works belonging to it I think he might make the purchase of all the shares of those liveing there. & by that means she might be set to work in about five weeks after a decition of Our Court. I was to day speaking with one of the legatees about his share he appears to think it worth One Hundred Dollars. he says there is One of stones belonging to the mill—if you shoud wish me to authorise Fantress to make an offer, will thank you to say what each share ought to sell for
with much Respt Yr mst. Obet
RC (ViU); endorsed by TJ as received on 7 Sep. and so recorded in SJL.
For TJ’s concern about the Albemarle County mill owned by the Henderson family heirs living in Kentucky and his desire to purchase all their remaining shares in it, see Vol. 40:317-20. Peyton mistakenly thought TJ wanted the value of the mill in working condition. TJ simply wanted to determine the value of the millstones and to keep the mill inactive (Vol. 40:506).