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Thomas Jefferson to David Higginbotham, 5 November 1812

To David Higginbotham

Monticello Nov. 5. 12.

Dear Sir

I recieved last night mr Short’s final answer, which I think should be communicated to you before my departure to Bedford. in the first place he will accept my single bonds for any portion of the price I assume, as absolute paiment, & thereof discharge you.1 as to the residue he makes the difficulty which both you & myself apprehended as to our friend. he supposes his affairs to be such as to offer him no resource punctually, if even finally, & his friendship for him would not permit him to press. he wishes therefore his name not to be in the transaction. he will take your single bonds, give you a deed for the land, but expect a mortgage of it as security for your part of the money only.2 I think myself that this is reasonable & most convenient for you. I accordingly write him that he may consider the bargain as closed, & that on your return to Albemarle & mine from Bedford I will have all things executed in due form. I hope you will approve of this, and am sincerely

Your’s Etc

Th: Jefferson

P.S. what respects our friend is so delicate that we count on your saying nothing about it.

RC (ViU: TJP); addressed: “Mr David Higgenbotham of Milton to be forwarded to him to Richmond”; franked; postmarked Milton, 7 Nov. 1812; endorsed by Higginbotham.

our friend: James Monroe.

A letter from Higginbotham to TJ of 23 Oct. 1812, not found, is recorded in SJL as received from Milton the same day.

1TJ here canceled “but.”

2Preceding seven words interlined.

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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and W. Short’s property search
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