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From Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 17 October 1800

To James Monroe

Monticello Oct. 17. 1800.

Dear Sir

Yours of the 12th. came to hand yesterday. we shall be happy to recieve mrs Monroe & yourself again among us, but as you speak of your coming with some uncertainty, I prepare the present for the post. Craven has been gone back some time. he was anxious to get his father in [law’s] purchase of you concluded. he said indeed he would have taken on him[self to] conclude it, but that mr Darrelle had refused to sell his own lands till [he] could be sure of yours. that the purchaser was waiting with the money and therefore he viewed the thing as certain; but not so absolutely so as [to] justify his undertaking the conclusion. he is much interested in [effect]ing it; because the situation of his wife renders it necessary to move here immediately or not till the spring. the latter would ruin him; and he cannot get a house to bring her to till next month unless yours is purchased. in hopes of delivering these details to you in person I add no more to them. health respect & affection

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); faint; at foot of text: “Governr. Monroe”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

On this day TJ wrote to John H. Craven. That letter, recorded in SJL, has not been found.

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