Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Robertson, 23 May 1815

To Archibald Robertson

Poplar Forest May 23. 15.


On recurring1 to my papers I found a memorandum2 of the bond which I suppose mr Garland had left with me; but into which, as I was not ready to pay I imagine I did not look, not doubting that3 the accounts he gave me, among which this was, were all right. among my papers at home I expect I shall find the accounts on which it was founded. my error had been in supposing that all had been carried forward into the accounts from year to year. Accept the assurance of my esteem and respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViU: TJP); faint and overwritten by TJ, with resulting anomalies noted below; at foot of text: “Mr Robertson”; endorsed by TJ.

The memorandum by Lynchburg attorney Samuel garland, not found, concerned TJ’s unpaid bond of 1 Sept. 1807 to former Poplar Forest overseer Burgess Griffin in the amount of $779.19. TJ settled his accounts with Robertson, up to 31 Aug. 1814, by paying $1,962.06 on 20 May 1815 (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 , 2:1309, 1362).

1Manuscript: “reecurring.”

2Manuscript: “meorandum.”

3Manuscript: “tha.”

Index Entries

  • Garland, Samuel; and TJ’s debt to B. Griffin search
  • Griffin, Burgess; and TJ’s bond search
  • Griffin, Burgess; TJ’s debt to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with A. Robertson search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to B. Griffin search
  • Robertson, Archibald; account with TJ search
  • Robertson, Archibald; letters to search