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Thomas Jefferson to Craven Peyton, 7 May 1814

To Craven Peyton

Monticello May 7. 14.

Dear Sir

Your letter of the 4th came to hand yesterday. I do assure you that I never have entertained a moment’s doubt of the truth of the transaction between Jas Henderson, mrs Henderson & yourself as to the sale of the lands of the 3 youngest daughters, and of her full knolege & consent to it as you have ever stated it. I believe her denial of it to be a sheer falsehood. it was impossible such a transaction should have passed at her house without her knolege; you could have no motive to conceal it from her, but on the contrary every reason to be assured of her approbation; and it is less probable that James Henderson would keep it from her than that she may now wish to decieve Hornsby by a false denial. I have always however apprehended that James Henderson might evade giving us the benefit of his testimony, as there is not one grain of honesty in the whole family. and I pray you to rest assured of my entire belief and satisfaction as to the zeal and integrity with which you acted for me in the whole of the transactions with that family, and my perfect conviction of the truth with which you communicated them to me. I inclose you John Henderson’s deed of quitclaim for the lands of the 3. younger daughters, and his rect for £100. in consideration which you will be so good as to return at your convenience, and I tender you the assurance of my esteem & friendship.

Th: Jefferson

RC (John Peyton, Staunton, 1958); at foot of text: “Mr Craven Peyton.” PoC (MHi); lower left corner of page torn away; endorsed by TJ. FC (ViU: TJP, TB [Thurlow-Berkeley] no. 909); on a small scrap; abstract in TJ’s hand reading as follows: “May 7. 14. at the request of Craven Peyton I inclosed to him John Henderson’s deed for the lands of Francis, Lucy & Nancy Hend. adjact to Milton with a quitclaim. also J. Hend’s rect for 100£ the considn. which he is to return to me.” Enclosure: receipt from John Henderson to Peyton, Milton, 17 Nov. 1807, for £100 paid by Peyton in exchange for the right to the lands of Frances, Lucy, and Nancy Henderson (MS in ViU: TJP; in an unidentified hand, signed by John Henderson and witnessed by Fleming Turner; endorsed in an unidentified hand: “Recept Henderson to Peyton £100”). Other enclosure printed below.

Peyton’s letter to TJ of the 4th, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 6 May from Monteagle.

Index Entries

  • Henderson, Elizabeth Lewis (Bennett Henderson’s wife); and sale of Henderson lands search
  • Henderson, James L.; and Henderson estate search
  • Henderson, John; Deed of Milton Property to C. Peyton search
  • Henderson, John; receipt to C. Peyton for Milton lands search
  • Henderson case; deeds related to search
  • Hornsby, Frances Henderson (Bennett Henderson’s daughter; Thomas Walker Hornsby’s wife); and Milton lands search
  • Hornsby, Thomas Walker; and Henderson estate search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; Henderson family search
  • Nelson, Nancy Crawford Henderson (Bennett Henderson’s daughter; Matthew Nelson’s wife); and Milton lands search
  • Peyton, Craven; and Henderson case search
  • Peyton, Craven; deed to from J. Henderson search
  • Peyton, Craven; letters from accounted for search
  • Peyton, Craven; letters to search
  • Turner, Fleming; witnesses documents search
  • Wood, Lucy Henderson (Bennett Henderson’s daughter; John Wood’s wife); and Milton lands search