Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Bolling Robertson, 26 May 1820

Monticello. May 26. 20.

Dr Sir

A case arises here in which my gr. s. Th J R. is deeply interested and desires the informn you can probably obtain for me would be an act of great friendship to myself and of infinite value to my gr. son. a mr John Bostwick came into this nbhood some time now, and being pleasd with its soil climate & other circumstances determd to establish himself into it. he has entd into treaty with my gr. son for a very valble tract of land of 819. as a part of that I live on for about 30. M.D. on certain entails but he is an utter stranger here; it is unknown to us whether he will be able to make the paymts stipulated, and a right of annulment is therefore reserved if we should not receive satisfy informn of his competence. he says he is of N.O. well known there, and this induces me to trouble you with a request to communicate to me as speedly as convt what you know of the responsibility of this gent. or what you can learn satisfactorily from others. the informn is merely for our own govm’t and will not be made known to any mortal but my gr. son & my self. experience of your kindness on former occns have led me I have presumed to the presumption of esteem you to befriend us on this very important one with the aid of your knolege & enquiries and I pray you to accept assurances of my gread esteem & respect.

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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