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Hugh Nelson to Thomas Jefferson, 13 February 1812

From Hugh Nelson

Washington Feby 13. 1812—

Dear Sir,

I must beg your pardon for having led you into an Error in my former letter concerning your manuscript. Your letter was recd at the Capitol, where having no opportunity of examining my Books and papers brot from home, having intended to bring the manuscript with me, it was taken for granted that it was put up and brot here. But on examination it was found that I had left it at home in my desk. I have written on to Robert Smith a young Gentleman who lives with me who is at school, at Mr Maury’s,1 to whom I have also sent the Key of my desk, to get the manuscript from my desk and to deliver it to yourself forthwith—I have been in weekly expectation of finding a few days to run home: but the urging of Important business has prevented me.

With great respect2 and esteem I remain, Dear sir, yr hbl st

Hugh Nelson

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 19 Feb. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

1Preceding seven words interlined.

2Manuscript: “respct.”

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County, Va.; schools in search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; statement on the batture case search
  • Maury, Thomas Walker; Albemarle Co. school of search
  • Nelson, Hugh; and TJ’s statement on the batture case search
  • Nelson, Hugh; family of search
  • Nelson, Hugh; letters from search
  • schools and colleges; in Albemarle Co. search
  • Smith, Robert Nelson; carries package to TJ search
  • statement on the batture case (Thomas Jefferson); copies of returned to TJ search