Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William D. Meriwether, 3 June 1816

To William D. Meriwether

Monticello June 3. 1816.


I have concluded to accede to your proposition of purchasing the rights of mr and mrs1 Hornsby in the lands of her father around the town of Milton, on the valuation of persons to be chosen by us, and payment to be made at the end of two years, but with interest during the second year. but as it is inconvenient to me to go out much, and I shall shortly have a long absence in Bedford, I have authorised my grandson Thomas J. Randolph to act for me in the whole business, and I hereby confirm whatever he shall do in it, as if done by myself, and oblige myself to execute whatever he shall agree to on my behalf. Accept my respectful salutations.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of portion of reused address cover of William Thornton to TJ, 22 Mar. 1816; mutilated at seal; at foot of text: “Capt William D. Meriwether”; endorsed by TJ.

1TJ here canceled “Hende.” Frances Hornsby’s maiden name was Henderson.

Index Entries

  • Henderson, Bennett; lands of search
  • Henderson, Bennett; legatees of search
  • Henderson case; and F. H. Hornsby search
  • Henderson case; TJ purchases Henderson estate search
  • Hornsby, Frances Henderson (Bennett Henderson’s daughter; Thomas Walker Hornsby’s wife); and Milton lands search
  • Meriwether, William Douglas; and Henderson case search
  • Meriwether, William Douglas; letters from search