Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Robert Quarles, 4 October 1809

To Robert Quarles

Monticello Oct. 4. 09.


I am sorry it is not in my power to give you any information how far the making a dam across the Rivanna might interfere with the rights of the James river company. having been absent from the state almost continually for 25. years, I am become quite uninformed of it’s laws, not having even a copy of them. my dam affords no precedent, it’s rights being prior to those of the company. my mill & dam have been established 52. years, and altho carried away in the mean time, & very long in the rebuilding, yet the right was always kept up by constant renewals of the order of court. I tender you my salutations & respects.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Robert Quarles”; endorsed by TJ.

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