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From Thomas Jefferson to James Oldham, 3 January 1822

Monticello Jan. 3. 22.

Sir

I sincerely regret that any difficulties should arise between mr Brockenbrough and yourself on the subject of your contracts, but it is totally foreign to my office to intermeddle with them. I cannot entangle myself in the labyrinth of questions between the Proctor & undertakers. as the contracts are made with him, with him they must be settled as they would be with any other employer in any private case. I should think both of your would prefer arbitration to law, but in this you must chuse for yourselves. with respect to money, a sum of 15,000.D. became due at the treasury the day before yesterday out of which I presume a payment can be made you as soon as the Bursar has made arrangements to draw for it. I hope you will find it reasonable that I should be excused from interferences which are not within my province, and I assure you of my best wishes & friendly respects.

Th: Jefferson

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