Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Short, 14 June 1805

Washington June 14. 05.

Dear Sir

Your favor of May 15. was recieved in due time. you will now recieve inclosed a draught of the US. bank here on that at Philadelphia for 500. D. if I rightly estimate the calls which will come on me the beginning of July I am afraid they will disable me from making the remittance for that month. an unexpected one from Albemarle has deranged the calculations I had made for that epoch. after that I hope interruptions will be less frequent.

By your letter to mr Barnes I percieve you were undetermined in what direction you would go to pass the hot & bilious season. this gives a hope still that we may have you at Monticello, for which place I shall set out about the middle of July: but having to proceed without delay to Bedford, I shall probably not be back to Monticello till the 1st. of August, where I should be very happy to meet you. we have lately recieved letters from Madrid, where our negociation was still going on, but evidently with such a disinclination on the part of Spain to come to a definition of boundary, that Monroe will be obliged to return to London & leave the matter unsettled. perhaps a stipulation that the parties shall leave the disputed country in statu quo, unsettled by both will answer our purpose quite as well as a present ascertainment as time is liberating our finances & increasing our strength, in that quarter particularly. Accept affectionate salutations & assurances of constant attachment & respect.

Th: Jefferson

DLC: William Short Papers.

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