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Craven Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 26 June 1817 (second letter)

From Craven Peyton

Monteagle June, 26—17

D. Sir.

My Son informs me, You propose makeing up An Opinion in a few days, to give You a More Correct Idea of the case I hear inclose a Coppy of all, the proceeding Testimony &c I assure You it gives me pain to trouble You, it is of such importance to me, & I feal such confidence, in Your Opinion, from that Opinion, my future calculations will be made, from the Maney transactions which has taken place between Us. I feal Confident You will place no Confidence, in C., L., Lewis Deposition, in deed his lettars filed, prove, positively the reverse, togethar with his Deed, I shall always feal the greates pleasure in rendaring You service in Any way within my power, for the trouble I give in this case

with the greatest Esteem

C. Peyton

RC (MHi); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson esq Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 June 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

The proceeding testimony &c probably included the following deeds, as well as a legal opinion that Peyton had solicited from John Wickham and William Wirt, not found, and other unidentified court documents: (1) Deed of 30 July 1802 between Charles L. Lewis and his wife Lucy on one part and their son Charles Lewis on the other, all of Albemarle County, in which Charles L. Lewis deeded 650 acres along the Rivanna River, bounded by the Milton road and Buck Island Creek, to his son for five shillings, the land to be held by Charles Lewis for “the term of his natural life”; specifying that, should the younger Lewis marry, the land would become his in fee simple to pass on to his heirs; but adding that, should he never marry or die without heirs, the land would revert to his sisters; proved by two witnesses at the August 1802 court, and fully proved with a third witness on 2 July 1804 (Albemarle Co. Deed Book, 14:506–7). (2) Deed of 18 July 1804 between Charles Lewis and Craven Peyton, both of Albemarle County, conveying Lewis’s interest in the same 650 acres to Peyton for 1,500 pounds; proved at the October 1804 court (Albemarle Co. Deed Book, 15:33–4). (3) Deed of 29 Sept. 1804 between Charles L. Lewis and his wife Lucy on one part and Peyton on the other, all of Albemarle County, conveying the same 650 acres to Peyton for 1,500 pounds; describing the land as having been “conditionally conveyed to Charles L. Lewis Jr and which the sd Peyton has since bought of the said Lewis Jr.”; proved at the October 1804 court (Albemarle Co. Deed Book, 15:30–1).

Index Entries

  • law; TJ provides legal advice search
  • Lewis, Charles (d.1806) (TJ’s nephew); property dispute with C. Peyton search
  • Lewis, Charles Lilburne (TJ’s brother-in-law); dispute with C. Peyton search
  • Lewis, Lucy Jefferson (TJ’s sister; Charles Lilburne Lewis’s wife); and property conveyances search
  • Monteagle (C. Peyton’s Albemarle Co. estate); dispute over search
  • Peyton, Craven; dispute with Lewis family search
  • Peyton, Craven; family of search
  • Peyton, Craven; letters from search
  • Wickham, John; gives legal opinion search
  • Wirt, William; gives legal opinion search