Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Samuel J. Harrison, 19 May 1812

To Samuel J. Harrison

Poplar Forest May 19. 12.


My memory is so bad that notwithstanding your explanation of yesterday of the proposition respecting mr Bankhead’s tobacco, I no longer recollect it with sufficient distinctness for him to decide on. have the goodness to put a line into the post office, stating it, & addressed to me at Monticello, where it will arrive nearly as soon as I shall.

In your answer to Scott I think you need only refer to your co-defendant for the general justification of the title to the lands, acknoleging notice of his claim under the location of his land warrant in 1803. inasmuch as that was his defence at the trial of the writ of forcible entry at which you were present1 but denying notice of any previous entry or location, for we all remember that none such were then brought forward and that his sole reliance was on his location of 1803. and his having peaceably & not forcibly entered.

Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Burton Harrison Collection); addressed: “Mr Samuel J. Harrison Lynchburg”; endorsed by Harrison. PoC (ViU: TJP); with one line canceled and repeated to correct a fault in the polygraph; endorsed by TJ; on verso of PoC of TJ to Joseph Slaughter, 17 May 1812.

Harrison’s missing letter of 23 May 1812, probably repeating his proposition respecting mr bankhead’s tobacco, is recorded in SJL as received from Lynchburg on 3 June 1812. TJ was the co-defendant in Scott v. Jefferson and Harrison.

1Preceding five words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); tobacco crop of search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; and TJ’s land dispute with S. Scott search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; buys tobacco from TJ search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; dispute with S. Scott search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; sells tobacco search
  • Scott v. Jefferson and Harrison; TJ prepares for chancery case search