To Nicholas H. Lewis
Monticello Dec. 23. 16
Having occasion to look over my correspondence with mr Minor as Secretary of the Rivanna co. I find that I have either lost, mislaid or returned to him a draught of an Indenture prepared by him and inclosed to me in his letter of Nov. 10. 1810. by turning to that letter which is in my possession, but a copy of it, no doubt, retained by him, you will find a description of the Indenture. could you do me the favor to furnish me a copy of it it would oblige me much, for I take for granted there can be no impropriety in asking the copy of a paper the original of which had been sent to me. I pray you to accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.
PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Nicholas Lewis”; endorsed by TJ.
Peter Minor’s letter of nov. 10. 1810. to TJ, which was accounted for as a missing document at TJ to Minor, 18 Nov. 1810, has since been located. It will be printed at 9 Feb. 1817 in a group of documents on Jefferson’s Dispute with the Rivanna Company. For TJ’s original proposition to which the indenture sent by Minor was a response, see enclosure to TJ to Minor, 31 Oct. 1810.