Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Lyle to Thomas Jefferson, 5 August 1811

From James Lyle

Manchester Augt 5. 1811

Dear Sir

This is to acknowledge the receipt of your favor, enclosing an order on Messrs Gibson & Jefferson for $1000 which was punctually paid.  This you will please observe, as by the enclosed statement, is not enterd to your credit on our Companys book,1 but to your credit on my private books where you stood debetor for the debt due Richrd Harvie & Co

The enclosed State, is made from your Letter to me on that subject. I would have been glad you could have made it convenient to have pd the Whole of D Harvies that I might have balanced his Acct on my private books The bale appears to be £94.12.4 Sterling with interest from July 6th last past. I continue very blind, although I write this with difficulty, I cannot see to read it over. I am with great Regard

Your Most hule servt

James Lyle

In your next I am honord with please mention if the enclosed State be correct


RC (MHi); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 25 Aug. 1811 and so recorded in SJL. FC (ViHi: Lyle Letterbook).

our companys book refers to the financial records of Henderson, McCaul, & Company. Lyle based the enclosed statement on information TJ provided him in his letter of 17 Sept. 1803 (MHi).

1FC: “Books.”

Index Entries

  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • Harvie, Richard; and TJ’s debt to J. Lyle search
  • Lyle, James; agent for Henderson, McCaul, & Co. search
  • Lyle, James; letters from search
  • Lyle, James; vision loss of search