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From Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 2 January 1799

To George Jefferson

Philadelphia Jan. 2. 99.

Dear Sir

I wrote you from Monticello with a statement of my draughts on you. I have this day drawn on you in favor of James Strange agent for the Donalds for £98–5 paiable at 10. days sight. the £500. which you recieved from mr Pendleton were for mr Short. as it was wanting here, & I had money here which it suited me better to transfer to Richmond, I have been able so far to make the exchange within myself. perhaps I may in the same way exchange about £50. more and sell a draught here for the balance. be so good as to send me a statement of my account to govern me in the draught as we shall immediately begin the investment of mr Short’s money according to it’s destination.—there was shipped hence for me on the 11th. Dec. by Joseph Roberts 120. bundles nail rod by the sloop Rising Sun capt. Adders addressed to you. she went off so quick as to give no bill of lading, and we hope (but do not know) that she got out before the river closed. be so good as to forward on the nailrod immediately on it’s arrival, as I left them in want. be pleased also to note that there are only 2. sizes of rod, 10 d & 20 d. I note them because one half of the last which came to me was 30. d absolutely useless, & mr Roberts assures me he sent me none of that kind; so that it must have been exchanged in the vessel. the first opening in the river we shall send on some hoop iron & a cask of molasses in order that the latter may get to Monticello before the warm weather commences in the spring. I am Dear Sir

Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

A letter from TJ to James Strange of 2 Jan. and Strange’s response of 17 Jan., which according to SJL TJ received from Manchester on 24 Jan. 1799, have not been found. Letters from TJ to Strange of 14 Mch., 3 Apr., 7 and 22 May 1796 and responses from Strange to TJ of 30 Mch., 24 Apr., and 17 May, which according to SJL were received on 1, 30 Apr., and 21 May 1796, respectively, are also missing.

TJ’s payment to the Donalds settled an account with the local firms of James and Robert Donald & Co. and Donald, Scott & Co. for debts TJ owed or had assumed for family members. It also included payment for a telescope that Alexander Donald had obtained for TJ from London (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 2:945, 957, 996; TJ to Strange, 7 Oct. 1791).

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