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To Thomas Jefferson from George Jefferson, 18 November 1799

From George Jefferson

Richmond 18th. Novr. 99.

Dear Sir,

I am duly favor’d with yours of the 15th. with the nine manifests therein mentioned; I am sorry they did not come sooner as the last of your Tobo. was shipped to day—13 Hhds: on board the Sloop Little Sam Capt. Dickey, & 13 on board the Sloop Nancy Capt. Oliphant—these with the six shipped to New York make up your quantity except one Hhd: which the Inspectors say is not in the warehouse although we have their receipt. they will of course be liable—we understand they have made many such blunders, by allowing negroes to ship Tobo. in their absence.

Mrs. Keys shall be shipped by the very first Vessel—they are at present scarce.

I have disposed of your Certfs: $:290–9. at 16/6 in the Pound is £71–15–10 which with the Interest £97–13–6 makes £159–9–4 & which I have informed Mr. Hanson I hold subject to his order, but have not yet heard from him.

I inclose you a receipt for the tax on Mr. Shorts Land—it was not returned previous to ’93, & could not be in ’96, as there was no Collector for the County for that year.

A list of your Tobo. shall be forwarded by next post being at present much hurried

I am Dear Sir Your Very humble servt.

Geo. Jefferson

RC (MHi); at foot of text “Thos. Jefferson esqr. Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Nov. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Receipt from the Auditor’s Office, 15 Nov. 1799, for William Short for $5.62 on account of the redemption of his lands as returned by the sheriff of Norfolk County for nonpayment of taxes for the years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1797, signed by John Carter (DLC: Short Papers). See also MB, description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends 2:1008–9.

The amount TJ received for his certificates combined with the interest was £169.9.4, not £159.9.4. George Jefferson noted the error in his 2 Dec. letter to TJ (see also MB, description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends 2:1009).

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