Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Robert Kinnan, 6 May 1805

Washington May 6. 1805.


I return you the papers recieved from Colo. Bentley which do not ascertain the quantity of lands claimed by mr Harrison. and unwilling to insist on a condition which tho’ secured by express compact with mr Ronald, may be thought hard with his family, I acquiesce in the relinquishment of the balance still due from them as an equivalent for the rightful claims of mr Harrison.

Resuming & Correcting therefore the statement of Sep. 4. which I formerly sent you, at it’s 6th. page, it will stand thus

£ s d
Principal of costs paid 148 – 4 –2
1800— Feb. 6. Int. on do. to this date   21 –17 –7
170 – 1 –9
balance overpd on No. 7.   59  – 2 –6
110 –19 –3
May. 7. Int. to this date    1 –  7 –9
112 – 7 –0
Cr. paid by Taylor   3 –12 –0
Balance due 108 –15 –0
Int. on do. till paid

Desirous therefore of winding up this long & weighty business I will pay you the balance here stated and interest within 60. days after you shall inform me that you will thereon give me a quietus. I need not repeat here the considerations which give me a just expectation of this; as they were sufficiently explained in the communication of Sep. 4.   Accept my salutations & assurances of respect & esteem.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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