Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Hornsby to Thomas Jefferson, 9 January 1814

From Thomas Hornsby

January 9th 14


I received your favour November 11th a few days ago & am mutch surprised at the statement made by M Peyton. I send you incloased Mrs Henderson,s statement the rest of the family concuring as far as there knowledge extends in this business. James Henderson departed this life 9th day of last June the appeal to him therefore is useless I think it probable the news of his death had reached Mr Peyton or he would not have been so ready to have made this appeal I wrote to Mr Meriwather when I wrote to you last he answered me immideately, after weighting some time I wrote him again requesting him to reassume the agency for me and settle the business as soon as possible. my reason for this step was, not receiving an answer from you in that time and supposeing the information which my letter conveyed rendered farther communication on the subject unnecessary. after receiving Col Greenup,s first letter I addressed him twice the second time requesting1 some positive answer: my letter was then answered but in a way that induced me to believe that nothing could be done between us. Col Greenup in his last requested to know what was the lowest price I would take for the property and said if the terms were such as he could2 safely meet he would immediately3 comply4 with them this was a question which I could not answer as I did not know the value of the property. had left that part to Mr Meriwather. therefore did not answer him this was the only part of his letter which seemed to require an answer your request that I would5 immediately withdraw the power of attorney from Mr Meriwather and appoint some other person would be attended with mutch illconvenience to me as my acquaintance6 in Albermarle is very slight and I do not know of any other person to whom I should be willing to apply for such a favour: Mr Meriwaher,s assiduity & politeness has been such in attending to the business for me that I am mutch indebted to him on the score of favour,s I hope therefore that you will not think harde of confering whith him on the business. in Col Greenup,s last he requested to know what could be done respecting the mill race claimed by John Henderson to run through the dower land soald to you I communicated the question to Mrs Henderson. she dose not know how the dificuty takes place but gave me the perusal of her papers. I finde a release given by John Henderson to Mrs Henderson runing in this way that if any former right which she had given to any other person should prevent him from runing a race through the dower land that she was in no way responseble. John Henderson it seems gave nothing for the liberty of the race but was granted him by his mother provided it was not prevented by the former sale which she had made. if a coppy of this release can be of any service to you it can be had: in Mr Peytons letter to James Henderson7 he mentions a tract of land near the Big bone Lick mortgaged to him for the security of the property he perchaised in Virginia. this tract is likewise8 equally the property of the other legatee,s. being part of the estate of Col Bennett Henderson deceased it has been since divided. and James Henderson has only an equal share with the rest of the children each one having about 200 acres. the land very hilly. & very mutch disputed by interfearing claims 100 dollars per Shear I think would be a high price. it is what I have offered mine at and have not been able to get it with the highest esteem & respect Sir

I remain yours &ccc

Thomas Hornsby

RC (ViU: TJP); at foot of second page: “Thomas Jefferson esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Feb. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

A letter from Craven Peyton to TJ of 5 Jan. 1814, not found, is recorded in SJL as received from Monteagle two days later.

On 18 Sept. 1802 and 25 Feb. 1805 James L. Henderson provided security that the underage Henderson heirs would make good on their agreements to sell their possessions in and around Milton to Peyton. On the former occasion he pledged to pay Peyton £5,000 if they backed out when they married or came of age, while on the latter he was joined by his mother, Elizabeth Henderson (ViU: TJP).

1Manuscript: “requsting.”

2Hornsby here canceled “immediately.”

3Hornsby here canceled “meet them.”

4Manuscript: “comply comply.”

5Manuscript: “woul.”

6Manuscript: “acquaintancce.”

7Manuscript: “Henders.”

8Manuscript: “likewis.”

Index Entries

  • Greenup, Christopher; and Henderson case search
  • Henderson, Bennett; lands of search
  • Henderson, Elizabeth Lewis (Bennett Henderson’s wife); and Jefferson v. Michie search
  • Henderson, Elizabeth Lewis (Bennett Henderson’s wife); and rights to millrace search
  • Henderson, Elizabeth Lewis (Bennett Henderson’s wife); and sale of Henderson lands search
  • Henderson, James L.; and Henderson estate search
  • Henderson, James L.; death of search
  • Henderson, John; and rights to millrace search
  • Henderson case; and F. H. Hornsby search
  • Henderson case; and Peyton v. Henderson search
  • Henderson case; claims by minor heirs search
  • Hornsby, Frances Henderson (Bennett Henderson’s daughter; Thomas Walker Hornsby’s wife); and Milton lands search
  • Hornsby, Thomas Walker; and Henderson estate search
  • Hornsby, Thomas Walker; and Milton lands search
  • Hornsby, Thomas Walker; letters from search
  • Meriwether, William Douglas; and Henderson case search
  • Peyton, Craven; and Henderson case search
  • Peyton, Craven; letters from accounted for search
  • Peyton v. Henderson; depositions in search