Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Short, 6 April 1807

Washington April 6. 1807.

Dear Sir

I now inclose you a draught of the US. bank here on that of Philadelphia for 500. D. and early in the ensuing month shall make a similar remittance. I had before observed that in the months of April & May, when my tobacco of the last year would be coming to market, the balance remaining due to you would be within the reach of that, after taking from it 1000. D. particularly engaged, and I had destined it for that purpose. the crop will bring I expect about 3000. D. and it usually gets to Richmond before the end of April. I have desired messrs Gibson & Jefferson, as soon as it arrives to dispose of it for cash at whatever price it will command, and I will take care that the money be remitted to you as soon as recieved. should you continue your purpose of returning to Europe this summer, I trust it will be all in hand in time, for certainly I should be very anxious that this matter should be settled before your departure. this debt crept upon me insensibly and from not taking a view of it in time, reached an amount which when I settled it, astonished me beyond anything which had ever happened to me. I determined however, whenever it should be urgently wanted, to sell property for it’s prompt discharge. your indulgence has enabled me to discharge it without this sacrifice, for which I pray you to be assured that I have felt and still feel a just & thankful sensibility, adding my friendly salutations and a repetition of my continued esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson


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