Monticello June 22. 24.
Other engagements have prevented my earlier attention to the enquiries of your’s of the 3d as to the title of the late Colo Skipwith to the lands at Indian Camp. that title is the part of , called Indian Camp was originally 2,400. as (if I recollect the quantity correctly) the property of Francis Eppes of the Hundred, who had a son, Colo Richd Eppes (father of) Francis, your father in law) and two daurs, the late mrs Harris who intermarried with Benjamin Harris, and the first mrs Wayles. these two daurs he divided the Indian camp, to each, mrs Harris lived on her part till her death, and it is I suppose in possession of mrs Wayles left an only child, the late mrs Jefferson on whom descended by inheritance, mr Wayles holding it during his life as tenant by courtesy. The other part of the lands held by Colo Skipwith were called St James’s. the quantity I forget, but I believe might 2500. acres. these purchased by mr Wayles of different persons, and all the conveyances from the original patents downwards are recorded in land book in my possession, and deduce the titles with perfect correctness to mr Wayles. on partition of together with her moiety of the Indian camp to Colo Skipwith by a dee recorded (to the best of my remembrance) in the General court probably in 1774. writing by memory and after a lapse of 50 years, I may commit unimportant errors, but this general statement is true and his titles to both parcels unquestionably solid. with my ever affectionate respects to mrs Baker be assured of my great friendship and respect for yourself