To Martin Dawson, with Jesse Abell’s Receipt
Monticello Oct. 22. 15.
I have bought a mule of the bearer mr Jesse Abell for eighty Dollars, and not having the money by me, I ask the favor of you to pay it for me, and it shall be repaid in cash in the course of the week, or by an order on Gibson & Jefferson at your choice which will oblige your humble servant
P.S. should mr Dawson be from home I ask the same favor of mr Watson, and will call on him in a day or two & replace the money
Milton October 23rd 1815 Recieved of Watson & Dawson eighty dollars in full for above mule
RC (MHi); in TJ’s hand, with receipt, on address leaf, in Wood’s hand, signed by Abell and Wood; addressed: “Mr Dawson Milton”; endorsed by TJ: “Abell Jesse.” Not recorded in SJL.
On this date TJ recorded buying a four-year-old mule from Jesse Abell, of Kentucky, the funds for which he repaid to Watson & Dawson three days later (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 , 2:1315).