Thomas Jefferson Papers

Benjamin Brown to Thomas Jefferson, 12 January 1811

From Benjamin Brown

Thos Jefferson Esqr

 To ye Ml Assurance Society  Dr
To Quota for 1809 12.84
To Intst thereon from 1st aprl is 21 Mos 1.36
To Quota for 1810 12.84
To Attorys Comsn for Collection 1.36

Jany 12th 1811 Recd the above for Benjn Brown Attory for ye Ml A Society



The above is a Statemt of what is due to the A Society according to the lists sent me—I have directed my son to sign the above recpt if it should be convenient to you to send the amot by him. The Comsn is1 added by directions of a late law. The sum which you paid me heretofore was for a quota called for in 1806. With great respect I am Sir

Yr Mo Obt Servt

Benjn Brown

RC (MHi); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Montichello by Son Charles”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 12 Jan. 1811 received the same day, but recorded in SJL as a letter of 13 Jan. 1811 received 12 Jan. 1811; notation by TJ: “Monto house 1809. 10.”

The late law was article six, section two of the Mutual Assurance Society’s revised constitution of 1810, which allowed attorneys and collectors a 5 percent commission on premiums collected (Constitution, Rules and Regulations of the Mutual Assurance Society against Fire on Buildings in the State of Virginia [Richmond?, 1810], 6–7; copy at ViHi).

1Manuscript: “is is.”

Index Entries

  • Brown, Benjamin; and TJ’s insurance search
  • Brown, Benjamin; letters from search
  • Brown, Charles; delivers insurance bill to TJ search
  • Mutual Assurance Society; and TJ’s insurance search
  • Mutual Assurance Society; revised constitution of search