Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 8 October 1804

Washington Oct. 8. 04

Dear Sir

I recieved last night your favor of Oct. 4. covering my account. in that I find either an error of account or of paiment which perhaps may require to be looked after immediately. in the close of 1802. & beginning of 1803. I gave several draughts on you in favor of Joseph Moran and on the 8th. Feb. of that year a closing one for 98 D = £29.8 then supposed to be the balance. I soon after discovered that it was £16–8.9 too much & wrote to you immediately to stop the order: but it was too late as you informed me you had paid the order a day or two before the reciept of my letter: & accordingly you will find it charged in your accounts at the date of 1803. Mar. 23. ‘To cash paid his order to Joseph Moran per Wm. Irvine £29–8.’ I have never seen or heard of Moran since nor been able to get back any part of the £16–8–9 overpaid before. but in your account recieved last night I find the following article ‘1804. Sep. 17. to cash paid his order to Joseph Moran. £29–8’ perhaps the order was not taken in on the former occasion, has been presented a 2d time & paid after the former was forgotten. if so, the sooner we endeavor to get the money back the better. he is entirely bankrupt. if it is a mere error of account, our account will stand thus.

1804. Sep. 29. balance in favr. G.&J. per account rendd 203.11.8
remittance of Oct. 5. 600. D. £180.0.0
error of account Sep. 17. 29.8.0. 209.8.0
Balance in favor of Th:J. £5–16–2

early in the ensuing month I will make a remittance to cover the purchase of 1200. bushels of coal. I salute you with affectionate attachment.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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