Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Robert Saunders, 23 October 1815

To Robert Saunders

Monticello Oct. 23. 15.


You probably knew the late mr Bellini, one of the professors of William and Mary college, who died at that place. mr Bracken took out administration of his effects. his representatives in Italy have lately sent me a power of attorney for the settlement of the administration account and to have the proceeds remitted to them. understanding that the execution of this power is within your line of business, I request the favor of you to undertake the settlement, to collect the proceeds, and place them in the bank of Virginia in Richmond, where I will engage some merchant to effect the remittance. if you will be so good as to drop me a line informing me you will undertake it, I will fill up the power of attorney with your name, and transmit it to you. it is very voluminous as is the foreign custom. interest I suppose is a thing of course where money has laid so long in hand. your compensation you will I presume retain out of the sum recieved. Accept the assurance of my great respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of a reused address cover from John Vaughan to TJ; torn at seal, with missing word rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Robert Saunders”; endorsed by TJ.

Robert Saunders (1761–1835), attorney, attended the College of William and Mary in about 1775 and was a notary public in Williamsburg between 1789 and 1799. He also served as deputy commonwealth’s attorney for James City County, and he represented a district consisting of Elizabeth City, Warwick, and York counties in the Senate of Virginia, 1800–05. In 1813 Saunders declined a judgeship on the Virginia General Court, in part because he was serving in the militia as captain of a Williamsburg cavalry unit. He also sat on the board of visitors of the College of William and Mary and was a director of the Public Hospital in Williamsburg. Saunders died in Williamsburg (WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892–  description ends , 1st ser., 7 [1899]: 155; 14 [1906]: 147; William and Mary Provisional List description begins A Provisional List of Alumni, Grammar School Students, Members of the Faculty, and Members of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. From 1693 to 1888, 1941 description ends , 35; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. description ends , 4:627, 5:384, 6:463, 656, 9:70, 10:214; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, 1978 description ends ; Butler, Virginia Militia description begins Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812, 1988 description ends , 113, 247; The Officers, Statutes and Charter of the College of William and Mary [Philadelphia, 1817]; American Beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth Daily Advertiser, 19 May 1835; will in Vi: RG 50, James River Company, Wills and Qualifications).

Index Entries

  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); and C. Bellini estate search
  • Bellini, Charles (Carlo Maria Marchionne); estate of search
  • Bracken, John; and C. Bellini estate search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and C. Bellini estate search
  • Saunders, Robert; and C. Bellini estate search
  • Saunders, Robert; identified search
  • Saunders, Robert; letters to search