Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Lancelot Minor, 5 May 1812

To Lancelot Minor

Monticello May. 5. 12.

Dear Sir

Your favor covering the commissions for acknolegements of the title of the two tracts of land is just now recieved. it finds me on my departure to Bedford from whence I shall not return under a fortnight. I have time to write therefore only on that single subject. the opportunity of forwarding the commissions and deeds to Kentucky by your neighbor is so much better than any chance I have that I now return you the commissions, and with them, the deeds. I could only have sent them by post to Kentucky, and then should have had no body there to get the business done & the papers returned. nothing therefore could be more fortunate than the opportunity your neighbor offers. I send these papers to you by mail, because, altho’ mrs Marks proposes to go to your court of this month, yet sickness or other accident might prevent that and lose us the benefit of this favorable chance. Accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NN: Thomas Jefferson Papers); at foot of text: “Lancelot Minor esq.”

The commissions from the Commonwealth of Virginia authorized William B. Long and William A. Mingus, justices of the peace in Woodford County, Kentucky, to obtain from Lucy Slaydyen and Sarah Clark their acknolegements of the title of the two tracts of land respectively conveyed to Hastings Marks by Arther and Lucy Slaydyen (Tr in Louisa Co. Deed Book, M:71) and by Benjamin and Sarah Clark (Tr in Louisa Co. Deed Book, M:72). The deeds conveyed land in Louisa County to Hastings Marks, with that of Arther and Lucy Slaydyen dated 8 Apr. 1806 and conveying 80 acres (Tr in Louisa Co. Deed Book, K:301) and that of Benjamin and Sarah Clark dated 30 Sept. 1808 and conveying 120 acres (Tr in Louisa Co. Deed Book, L:204–5; with marginal notation: “Examined and delivered to Doctor Kean for Mr L. Minor”).

Index Entries

  • Clark, Benjamin; and H. Marks’s estate search
  • Clark, Sarah; and H. Marks’s estate search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and H. Marks’s estate search
  • Long, William B. search
  • Marks, Anne Scott Jefferson (TJ’s sister; Hastings Marks’s wife); and H. Marks’s estate search
  • Marks, Hastings (TJ’s brother-in-law; Anne Scott Jefferson Marks’s husband); estate of search
  • Mingus, William A. search
  • Minor, Lancelot; and H. Marks’s estate search
  • Minor, Lancelot; letters to search
  • Slaydyen, Arther; and H. Marks’s estate search
  • Slaydyen, Lucy; and H. Marks’s estate search