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James Lyle to Thomas Jefferson, 23 March 1811

From James Lyle

Manchester March 23d 1811

Dear Sir

I was some time ago favourd with a letter from you, with a pair of Spectacles. I think myself much obliged to you for endeavouring to assist my sight. the glasses you sent Magnify very much, at about one Inch from the Eye, but as the object is moved to a greater distance it becomes more imperfect I think it must be concave glasses that will assist me, I have got several pairs of them, that assist my vision at a distance, of a hundred or, fifty yards, but none that will assist me at my usual distance of about eight inches which is the distance I see without glasses, I write this without glasses, at that distance, and none that I have yet met with are of service to me. I beg pardon for troubling you about my loss of Sight, ’tis the effects of old age and I fear without remedy.

I wrote you formerly that I had no prospect of getting the debt from Edwd Bolling that he owes you I have wrote him often, but no answer is recd. he as Exor of his father owes our Company. I shall be obliged to sue him & his securities. I hope you will soon make a payment of Richd Harvies money as well as on Account of the Co I am with much Regard

Your Most hume servt

James Lyle

RC (MHi); between dateline and salutation: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 May 1811 and so recorded in SJL. FC (ViHi: Lyle Letterbook). Enclosed in Lyle to TJ, 22 May 1811.

Index Entries

  • Bolling, Edward; debt to TJ search
  • eyeglasses search
  • Harvie, Richard; and TJ’s debt to J. Lyle search
  • health; vision loss search
  • Henderson, McCaul, & Company (Scottish firm); TJ’s debt to search
  • household articles; eyeglasses search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to Henderson, McCaul, & Company search
  • Lyle, James; agent for Henderson, McCaul, & Co. search
  • Lyle, James; letters from search
  • Lyle, James; vision loss of search