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Thomas Jefferson to Craven Peyton, 20 August 1809

To Craven Peyton

Monticello Aug. 20. 09.

Dear Sir

The title purchased from Henderson’s representatives is so extremely complicated as to render it indispensable to state in the deed all the several conveyances of all the parties; otherwise in case of question at any future time it might be lost for want of knowing it. I have endeavored to do this in the inclosed deed, and in order that you may have time, I send it to you To-day, & pray you to examine well the statement of title & be ready to enable me to correct it if there be any error; as also to fill up all the blanks.

1. There are still wanting the widow’s deed for her dower as well in the other property as the warehouse.

2. Charles’s deeds.

3. John’s deeds   to Seabrook for the warehouse &
to Lewis for the 2. lots & his rights on the dower

4. Lewis’s deed to you for John’s rights

[. . .] [co]nveyances of John, Charles, Isham & Bennet H to Seabrook

[. . .] [Se]abrook’s deed to you for their shares in the warehouse.

[. . . .]1 you on Tuesday as promised. friendly salutations

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); corner torn; at foot of text: “[Cr]aven Peyton”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: draft, not found, of Craven and Jane Peyton’s Conveyance of the Henderson Lands, [22 Aug. 1809].

TJ promised to meet Peyton on tuesday, 22 Aug. 1809.

1Estimated three words missing.

Index Entries

  • Henderson, Bennett Hillsborough; and Milton lands search
  • Henderson, Charles; and Henderson estate search
  • Henderson, Elizabeth Lewis (Bennett Henderson’s wife) search
  • Henderson, Isham search
  • Henderson, John; sells Milton properties search
  • Henderson case; TJ’s role in search
  • Lewis, James; and Henderson lands search
  • Peyton, Craven; and Henderson case search
  • Peyton, Craven; conveys Henderson lands to TJ search
  • Peyton, Craven; letters to search
  • Seabrook, Richard search