To James Lyle
Washington Oct. 15. 03.
It was not till a day or two before I left home that I was able to look into the papers respecting Richd. Harvie’s account, and committed the result to a letter which accompanies this, but which the accumulation of business I found here has prevented my forwarding sooner. I now inclose you also an order on Messrs. Gibson & Jefferson for 500. Dollars, and must take some time to provide another of equal amount which shall be done as early as I can, as well as such successive paiments as I shall be able to accomplish. Accept assurances of my constant & affectionate respect.
PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. James Lyle”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Recorded in SJL with notation “500. D.” Enclosure: TJ to Lyle, 17 Sep. Other enclosure not found.