From John Harvie
February 17th 18121 Woodford County Kentucky
The dreadful blow which has thinned my family has occasioned a remissness in my writing to you; but your goodness, I know, will forgive the omission in the cause, which has produced it. Perhaps this letter will not reach you by the time that your claim against me is due. I hope however that a short procrastination of payment will occasion you no sensible inconvenience I have written to Doct. Brockenbrough of Richmond who is my agent in Virginia that I should request you to forward on my note to him for payment. As communications from this country by mail are extremely liable to miscarriage I have thought this the most eligible mode of discharging the debt and I hope that it meets with your concurrence. As you have most probably an agent at Richmond, and at all events almost daily opportunities of communication to that place I inferred that the fixing upon it for the cancellation of your claim would not thwart any of your arrangements Under that impression I now ask the favour of your sending on the note to Doct. Brockenbrough for payment. As soon as that has taken place an answer acknowledgeing its occurrence would be most acceptable to yours most respectfully
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; mistakenly endorsed by TJ as a letter of 12 Feb. received 9 Mar. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.
The dreadful blow Harvie sustained was the loss of a brother, a sister, and a niece in the Richmond Theatre fire of 26 Dec. 1811 (Marion Dewoody Pettigrew, Marks-Barnett Families and Their Kin , 178, 179; Richmond Enquirer, 31 Dec. 1811).
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