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I have duly recieved your favor of the 10 th . those of Aug. 11. 13. & 25. would have been sooner acknoleged also, but that your motions did not permit me to know whither to address a letter. I have to thank you for the various pieces furnished, and your many attentions to aid me in this suit. I have lately been much advised to rest the question on the plea that what I did was done by me as...
You remember that among the lands I held here was an entry of 99. a s purchased by mr Wayles of Richard Stith adjoining to a tract on Ivy creek called Tullos’s . the old drunkard Scott , claiming Stith’s entry under a junior entry & patent, was removed by a jury, & has now brought suit against me for the land. altho’ his claim is perfectly idle, he will put me to a great deal of trouble in...
I arrived here two days ago, and have brought with me instruments for our project at the peaks. as I presume you would like to see something of the proceedings, you must be so good as to say when your business will permit you to be at home for three or four days; for I think it will take that time. to me, after tomorrow, all days will be equal; and the sooner the better while we have such fair...
In the expectation of your being at Campbell superior court I sent a letter there for you, but understanding it is doubted whether you were there I write this by express to your house. the object is to engage your assistance in conjunction with mr M c lealand in obtaining attaining a writ of forcible entry & detainer against Samuel Scott , who has entered on a tract of my land adjoining him,...
I had every thing packed and prepared yesterday to set out this morning for Mount Prospe c t ; but Gen l Jackson called on me in the forenoon, and a committ e e from the citizens of Lynchbg in the afternoon to invite me to partake of a dinner they give the General on Tuesday. respect to the citizens of Lynchburg as well as
On a suggestion that it may be interesting to Cap t Colin Buckner , & perhaps to yourself, I have been requested to make him the subject of a letter to you. my personal acquaintance with him is small. when Congress , towards the latter end of my administration, authorised the raising some new regiments, Capt Buckner was one of the competitors for a command I remember that his recommendations...
I have to acknolege the reciept of your kind letter and meant on Sunday next to have the pleasure of calling on you; alone, as I then expected: but I am joined here by a couple of friends who wish to go on also to the Natural bridge . one of them, a mr Correa is one of the most learned men of the age, and particularly fond of botany; one of the best & plainest, unassuming men in the world. the...
The road which now leads thro’ the middle of my land from Abner Callaway’s to Johnson’s , a distance of 3 miles–32 po., and the branch of it leading from the Double branches of Bear creek up into the other 162 po.–15 links in all 3 mi.–192 po. will occasion me upwards of 7. miles of fencing, when we shall have cleared up to it on both sides, as the quality of the land on both sides the whole...
I am engaged in the prosecution of a writ of forcible entry and detainer against mr Samuel Scott for proceeding to seat a plantation on a piece of lands I hold on Ivy creek , where he has cleared about 20. a s of land & fixed a negro cabbin. the lands are in Campbell county about 4. miles from Lynchburg . I yesterday obtained a warrant for a jury, which is to meet on the lands on Saturday...
Reflecting on the case of mr Robertson , which I think a very cruel one, a doubt has occurred to me, which probably has to you also; but lest it should not, I will suggest it. I do not think that information, given in to a grand jury (even if it were false) is perjury in law. a grandjury is no magistracy, no tribunal, has not therefore the power of administering an oath. it is a body merely...
Your favor of Dec. 2. came to hand some time ago, and I percieve in it the proofs of a mind worthily occupied on the best interests of our common country. to carry on our war with success we want able officers, and a sufficient number of soldiers. the former, time and trial can alone give us; to procure the latter we need only the tender of sufficient inducements and the assiduous pressure of...
I du ly recieved your favor of the 9 th ult. on the interesting subject of ou r trade, and the importance of defending it; a trade certainly of th t value to us. a country of such extent as ours, of all the varying pro ductions of the earth, capable of yielding in some of it’s parts what ever may want, will, at no distant period, under our rapid popula tion internal commerce sufficient for the...
Your favor of Jan. 19. is recieved, and with it a copy of the 2 d edition of your Naval history, for which be pleased to accept my thanks. I subscribe willingly for a copy of your History of the US. and shall readily render you any service I can towards the procuring information. Richmond is the present deposit of our public records, which however sustained great losses by wanton destruction...
Your favor of the 7 th is duly recieved, and I now, according to your request, inclose you a letter to Govern r Barbour from whom I am persuaded you will recieve every aid and facility in his power towards the furthering your object. at the same time I fear that the destruction of our records by the British during the war, not only at all the County courthouses they could visit, but at the...
The travelling journal of Gov r Lewis and yourself having been published some time ago, I had hoped to hear that something was doing with the astronomical observations, the Geographical chart, the Indian vocabularies, and other papers not comprehended in the journal published. with a view to have these given to the public according to the original intention, I got a friend to apply for them to...
The bearer of this letter, mr Robert Sthreshley , for some time a neighbor of mine has sold his possessions adjoining me and proposes to remove with his family to S t Louis . as he will be an entire stranger there he naturally wishes to be known to some one whose countenance may be a recommendation & introduction into the society of the place. he is a man of property, careful, correct,...
Your favor of June 2. came duly to hand in July, and brought me a repetition of the proofs of your kindness to me. mr Fitzhugh delivered the fl skin of the sheep of the Rocky mountain to the President , from whom I expect to recieve it in a few days at his own house. for this as well as the blanket of Indian manufacture of the same material which you are so kind as to offer me accept my...
I return the 10. first volumes and will be glad of the next 10. I found several sheets of the 7 th missing, but several some of them were stuck into other volumes which I restored to their proper place in the 7 th but I have not examined it since to see if it is now perfect. Asparagus acceptable as usual. shall I not see you again? I shall be returning about the middle of the ensuing week....
How do you do? and when will you be able to ride thus far ? these are my first questions. how you like the changes & chances of the European world may be the subject of conversation. but you must come with your ears stuffed full of cotton to fortify them against the noise of hammers, saws, planes E t c which assail us in every direction. affectionate salutations. RC ( ViU: TJP ); dateline at...
for value received I I promise to pay or cause to be paid unto Charles Clay h is executors, administrators or assigns, on or before the first day of Dec. 181 5 the just and full sum of Ninety Seven Doll. Seventy five Cents current money of U. States
The bearer comes to beg some Asparagus, and if you have no better project for the day, to come and partake of it, weather permitting. I salute you with friendship & respect. RC ( Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, 2011 Heritage Auctions , auction 6054, New York City, 8 Apr. 2011, lot 34160 ); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “M r Clay”; endorsed by Clay. Not recorded in SJL . This...
I propose to set out tomorrow if ready, or certainly next day, and therefore send the bearer for the Cape of my coat. I recollect an opportunity I shall have of sending for your spectacles by a gentleman going to Philadelphia . I charge myself therefore with that commission. perhaps by writing myself to M c Alister he may pay more attention to the quality. The wild-rye seed you gave me before...
Our spinning machine is in operation, and a piece of cloth is begun with the flying shuttle, neither goes on perfectly as yet, from the want of a little more practice; but they will give Mrs. Clay an idea of what would be their proper operation, if she can do me the favor to come and take a plantation dinner with me tomorrow. You will come of course, according to promise. Friendly salutations...
Your letter of Dec. 20. was 4. weeks on it’s way to me. I thank you for it: for altho founded on a misconception, it is evidence of that friendly concern for my peace and welfare which I have ever believed you to feel. of publishing a book on religion, my dear Sir, I never had an idea. I should as soon think of writing for the reformation of Bedlam, as of the world of religious sects. of these...
I was five days absent in my trip to the peaks of Otter , and have been five days engaged in calculating the observations made. this brings me down to yesterday evening when I finished them. I am going to-day to see mr Clarke at his new habitation, and tomorrow, weather permitting, will pay you a morning visit. in the mean time I send you a note of the result of my ten days labor and some...
I recieved last night your favor of the 8 th and find on examination that I have committed exactly the mistake you conjectured. M c Allister had made me a pair of spectacles in 1804. by a drawing I had sent him, & believing they were of the size you would like best, I directed him to make the new ones like them. when they came I took out mine to compare them, and in packing up yours again, I...
I informed you on the 28 th Ult. by letter that I had according to your request engaged mr Forber to wait on you with a view to the erection of a carding machine for you. he proposes to set out the day after tomorrow, and will present himself to you with this letter. the success of the machine he has erected near me, persuades me he is fully competent to fulfill your wishes. Accept the...
Learning that mr Forber , one of those who have erected carding machines for us, was in the neighborhood, I asked the favor of him to call on me. he did so yesterday and agrees to go up to you in the 1 st or 2 d week of January. he tells me his price for a wool-carding machine is 500.D. & a Cotton carder 600.D. these prices being higher than I had supposed, and perhaps than I suggested to you,...
I think that on my recommending Tacitus to master Cyrus , you said you did not possess him, and perhaps that you had never seen him. on my return home I wrote to Philadelphia for a copy, which I now send for master Cyrus’s acceptance & perusal. the solidity of his matter, his brevity, & his fondness for point & antithesis make him difficult. I would advise the use of a translation, that to be...
I thank you for the contents of your basket and was just about writing to you when your boy came. I find I shall not have strength enough to ride as far as your house: but I should be very glad if you could meet me at the Double branches in the road, the day after tomorrow (Sunday) and that you may not have to wait, I will be sure to be there before 11. aclock. I have had some measures made...
I go certainly tomorrow, wind & weather permitting, and both have abated considerably. I promised you some sprout Kale seed, which I now send. I do not remember to have seen Salsafia in your garden, & yet it is one of the best roots for the Winter. some call it the oyster plant because fried in batter it can scarcely be distinguished from a fried oyster. I send you some seed. it is to be sowed...
This will be handed you by my son in law, mr Randolph with the integrity & honor of whose character you are already acquainted. an urgent occasion to raise a considerable sum of money in the course of a year, and a part of it (2000.D.) within the month of January, has induced me to propose to him the curtailing the outskirts of my Poplar Forest lands, as the most probable means of effecting...
On the subject which has been passing between us I have had an offer from a person who has many proper points in his character, and would see both my plantations every day . altho my inclinations are as they were before, yet there is ground for consultation with you on comparative merits. this suggests that while it is necessary to sound the dispositions of the party first thought of...
Having never had an entire view of the facts & proceedings in the partition of mr Davis ’s estate , & percieving it has become entangled by some irregularities, I can only give detached opinions on certain parts of them, & these too under the risk that they may be affected by circumstances of which I am not apprised. On the general subject of Hotchpot I may safely say that, as regards the real...
While here, & much confined to the house by my rheumatism, I have amused myself with calculating the hour lines of a horisontal dial for the latitude of this place which I find to be 37°–22′–26″. the calculations are for every 5. minutes of time, and are always exact to within less than half a second of a degree. as I do not know that any body here has taken this trouble before, I have...
By a letter of July 8. from D r Wallace , lately recieved, I am informed that a servant of his coming on to this place with a bun packet addressed to me, was taken sick at Culpeper court house & returned home, and that you had been so kind as to recieve the packet. on this ground I send the bearer for it, and ask the favor of it’s being delivered to him, tendering at the same time my thanks...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Clinton , and his thanks for the copy he has been so kind as to send him of his Introductory discourse to the Literary and Philosophical society of New York . the field which he has therein spread before the lovers of science offers ample room for their cultivation. and he is happy to observe that New York is so fast advancing to the work. she is...
Your favor of Apr. 6. has been duly recieved, with the circular letter it inclosed from the Literary & Philosophical society of New York . the association you propose to me with that respectable body cannot but be honorable to me, altho’ it must excite the regret of consciousness that I should be an unprofitable member. the hand of age has more than begun to press upon me, and with the...
I thank you for the copy of your discourse which you have been so kind as to send me, and have read with pleasure the luminous view you have presented of the value of the Fine arts in human society. the example of Athens which you adduce, is certainly a weighty one, shewing the splendor to which they raised so small a territory & within so short a period of time. I rejoice to see the spirit of...
Your favor of Tuesday came to hand yesterday (Friday) afternoon, and expressing the expectation that you could furnish me with a supply of chub fish for my pond if I should send on Thursday next , now past, I send off a careful man with a cart and cask this morning. I am very thankful for this kindness having been very unsuccesful in my endeavors to get a stock for my pond. I sent a boat & a...
I have just finished a fish pond and wish to get some of the Roanoke chub to stock it . I am told you now possess the pond that was your relation & neighbor mr Cocke’s . could you spare me a few to begin with? if you can, I will send tomorrow a light cart with a cask for water, so that the cart may start the next morning and keep the fish out as short a time as possible. I propose so short a...
I am so anxious to save a year, by taking advantage of the present spawning season, not yet over, that I send the bearer to take the chance of your being able by some means to catch some chubs and the rather as his time is not very valuable: insomuch that if a detention of 2. or 3. days could secure my object, I will I should think it more than an equivalent for his time. I suppose that if...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Cocke and acknoleges the reciept of eight ewes by his servant, two on his own account and six for Col o Fontaine , and hopes in the ensuing season to be able to return them 4. half blooded Merinos, of the produce of the same ewes. he begs leave to assure mr Cocke of his great esteem & respect. RC ( ViU : TJP-Co ); dateline at foot of text;...
I am thankful for the indulgence of your kind letter of Aug. 27. and happy in being now able to forward you an order on my correspondents in Richmond for the price of the horse you were so good as to let me have. I find him really valuable, and in the carriage particularly excellent, so as to be entirely contented with him. Our intelligence from abroad gives us reason to expect a long state of...
I had expected long ere this that the sale of my flour in the hands of Mess rs Gibson & Jefferson in Richmond would have enabled me to send you an order on them for the price of the horse you were so kind as to furnish me with: and the rather as I had desired mr Gibson , as I informed you, to sell it for whatever he could get, & this I have been constantly repeating & expecting. but by our...
The servant who delivered your letter will recieve 4. ram lambs, 3 of them from the half dozen ewes you sent, the other in commutation for 2. ewes sent by Col o Fontaine , but which I am sure he never saw, as they were such miserable half grown, diminutive animals that I could not permit them to run with my flock, and sent them to another place. I send a lamb from my own ewes however in...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Cocke, whose servant is desired to take as many Broom plants as he pleases, but having never found them to succeed by transplantation, he sends him some seed, which generally succeeds, altho sometimes it does not come up till the second spring.— he sends him also a little seed of the Sprout Kale , a plant he recieved from The National garden of...
M r Patterson , and my grandson T. J. Randolph inform me you have a dark bay horse which you are disposed to sell at the price of 50.£ and which, from their description would suit me. they speak of him as a steady carriage horse, and a tolerable riding horse. if their information as to your purposes of selling him be right, I shall be glad to recieve him by the bearer , with the privilege of...
I have recieved, my good old friend, your favor of Feb. 24. and rejoice to find you can still undertake distant military expeditions. it does not want much of 40. years since we were first together in the Virginia legislature. you are approaching therefore, what I have attained, the limits of the Psalmist , who says ‘the days of our years are three score years and ten.’ yet I hope it will be...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Cogdell , and his thanks for the copy of mr Cheves’s oration which he was so kind as to send him, and which he has read with pleasure. it is a very satisfactory specimen of sentiments & of talents worthy of being employed on the national theatre, and promising there a more general usefulness. he prays mr Cogdell’s acceptance of his acknolegements,...