Thomas Jefferson Papers

William & Reuben Mitchell to Thomas Jefferson, 16 May 1812

From William & Reuben Mitchell

Lynchburg 16 May 1812

Dr. Sir,

Your favor of the 12th inst came to hand this morning; our W. Mitchell is in Fincastle, we are sorry to say a statement of your Account cannot be drawn till his return which will be in a day or two.

Your obedt servts
W. & R. Mitchell
per A. Tompkins

RC (MHi); in Tompkins’s hand; between dateline and salutation: “Mr Tho: Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 May 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

Alexander Tompkins (ca. 1784–ca. 1864) was a clerk for the Lynchburg firm of William & Reuben Mitchell. By 1817 he had established his own mercantile business in Lynchburg under the name of A. Tompkins & Company. He later served as a cashier for both the Bank of Virginia and the Farmers’ Bank of Lynchburg (DNA: RG 29, CS, Lynchburg, 1820, 1850; Margaret Anthony Cabell, Sketches and Recollections of Lynchburg by the Oldest Inhabitant (Mrs. Cabell) 1858 [1858; repr. with additional material by Louise A. Blunt, 1974], suppl., 101; Lynchburg Hustings and Corporation Court Will Book, E:189–90).

TJ received $9 from the Mitchell partnership when the account was settled on 19 May 1812 (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1277).

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