From Chapman Johnson
Staunton 26th April 1817.
Your letter dated the 14th of this month, was not received by me, until a few days since, on my return from an absence of a fortnight—Since that time, I have been very busily engaged in court every day, and must beg you to accept this fact as some apology for my permitting one or two post days to pass, without sending you the subpoena, you desired me to enclose—I hope the delay will produce no inconvenience—The process you will receive enclosed, returnable to the next term, which commences it’s session, on the 15th of June.
RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 1 May 1817 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to James Clarke, 1 Aug. 1817, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello”; franked; postmarked Staunton, 30 Apr. Enclosure not found.