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Mutual Assurance Society Account for Insuring Milton Warehouses, [ca. 1 September 1811]

Mutual Assurance Society Account for Insuring Milton Warehouses

[ca. 1 Sept. 1811]

The Honble Thos Jefferson

To ye Ml A Society Dr

1809 Apl 1 To Quota on Warehouses in Milton
Insured by J Henderson that is
on those standing at that date
Vizt A a Scale House valued at 400
  B a Transfer house at 250
  C W House1 11.2 x 30 at 360  
1110 2
as 1510 $ is to 9.11 $ so is 1110 6 .69
Interest to 1st Septr 1811 is 2 yrs 5 Mos 0 .97
1810 Apl 1 To same Quota for this yr 6 .69
Interest to 1 Septr 1811 is 17 Moss 0 .57
1811 Apl 1 To do this year 6 .69
Interest to 1 Septr is 5 Mos 0 .173
To ye Quota for this Year } 12 .84
Decln No 389
Intst to 1st Sept 5 Mos 0 .32
34 .94
To Attorys Comsn thereon 5 Ct 1 .74
Amot $35 .684

Recd the above $35.68 but it is understood to be without prejudice to any other or further legal claim which the Society may have on Account of those Warehouses which may have been destroyed by time or otherwise

MS (MHi); in Benjamin Brown’s hand; undated; notation by Brown on verso: “Ml A. Society vs T. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ: “Mutual assurce 35.68 rendd by Benj Brown 1809.10.11.”

John henderson had taken out a policy on the Milton warehouses on 4 May 1799 (Vi: Business Records Collection, Mutual Assurance Society Declarations, no. 337). Brown’s failure to sign the receipt above shows that TJ did not settle the account at this time. On 7 Aug. 1813 TJ calculated that the society’s claim “for the scalehouse, transfer & warehouse Milton 1809–13” ought to be $38.30 plus commission, but he chose not to pay, noting that the society had then omitted it in its account and concluding that these buildings had been, “if I recollect rightly, withdrawn from insurance by me heretofore” (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1292).

On 8 Apr. 1812 Brown reported to Samuel Greenhow, the principal agent of the society, that “Mr Jefferson does not consider himself bound to pay the arrearages for Hendersons mill, the ground of his opinion I stated to you some time ago. Jno Henderson the Guardn of the Legatees of Bt Henderson is insolvent & the legatees all without the State. I shall wait your instructions in this case. Can a purchaser be made personally answerable for what is due at the time of the purchase, unless the property be transfered to him in the manner prescribed by the rules of the Society? I should be glad of advice upon this point as it frequently occurs” (Vi: Mutual Assurance Society, Incoming Correspondence).

1Manuscript: “Huse.”

2Sum should be 1010.

3Beneath this line an unidentified hand penciled the numbers 21.68 and 13.16, the first being ten cents less than the total for the preceding six lines and the second the sum of the two following lines.

4Total should be 36.68.

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