Thomas Jefferson Papers

Archibald Thweatt to Thomas Jefferson, 4 January [1810]

From Archibald Thweatt

Petersburg 4 Jany 1809.1 [1810]

Dear Sir

In my answer to your favor of the 18th ult I omitted to remind you that the Will of R.S. is most clearly admitted by the bill for it alleges “that the said R.S. made his testament and last will with all due solemnities bearing date the 15th day of May 1759, and in it he devises his whole estate real and personal to his wife Elizabeth and her heirs for ever” &c. However it will be better to find it on record; I shall strictly govern myself by your instructions.—

I have not yet visited Richmond, I await the summons of Mr Ladd—he told me that he should on some day in this month commence stating the accounts, and would notify me thereof, that I might attend, until the statement on our side was completed.—

Permit me to inclose a Copy of the Governor’s communication.


Archibald Thweatt

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); misdated; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 4 Jan. 1810 received six days later and so recorded in SJL.

r.s.: Reuben Skelton. The communication may have been John Tyler’s 4 Dec. 1809 message to the Virginia General Assembly at the opening of its session, in which the governor presented “such things, as have been thought most worthy of consideration relating to the public interests” (Richmond Enquirer, 9 Dec. 1809).

1To the right of this date TJ wrote “1810.”

Index Entries

  • Gilliam v. Fleming; and R. Skelton’s will search
  • Ladd, Thomas; and Gilliam v. Fleming search
  • Skelton, Elizabeth Lomax (Reuben Skelton’s wife) search
  • Skelton, Reuben; and Gilliam v. Fleming search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; and Gilliam v. Fleming search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; letters from search
  • Tyler, John (1747–1813); as governor search