Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Cary Nicholas, 24 August 1819

Pop. For. Aug. 24. 19.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 17th came to hand yesterday, by which I percieve that mine of the 11th and 17th were still to be recieved, yours of the 17th puts my mind perfectly at ease. I think with you it will be better to place the debt in the form of a bond, and will join you in one on my return. in the mean while I have sent on the notes to mr Marx, to give us time. for the 3d name to the bond, I would rather make one good by founding it on real security. I shall therefore convey to my grandson Jefferson one of my plantations here in trust to secure the bank as to this debt. a copy of this deed of trust, sent to the bank will establish his name with them as a sufficient co-obliger with us.  Have no uneasiness, dear Sir, for any part I bear in this painful business. I know well how apt we are to be deluded by our calculations, and to be innocently led into error by them. my great anxiety is for yourself & family, and to see a hope that a comfortable competence will be left for them. your talents are too solid to leave a doubt that the public will be glad to purchase them in their frugal way. having mentioned this subject in mine of the 17th I will here only repeat my offers of any services I can render you or them. we will certainly call on you on our return, and mrs Gibson’s being our evening stage, we shall probably ask a breakfast of mrs Nicholas and yourself on the morning of the 14th or 15th of Sep. on one of which days, weather and rheumatism permitting I have appointed to be at Monticello. ever & affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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