Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Brown, 3 June 1793

From James Brown

Richmond 3d: June 1793

Dear Sir

I am favor’d with yours of the 23d: May. Your 3 Pipes Wine are lodged in my Own Cellar apparantly in good Order Where they Shall Remain for Your further commands. I have discovered the Books from Dublin paid the Duties and landed them at Osbornes subject to the Order of Young Mr. Eppes for whom they appear to have been intended. I will make enquiry after the Mathematical Instruments the Cammella, I expect they are lodged at the Naval Office. Your furniture was all lodged in a good Lumber House at Rockets, every care was taken of the Glasses and I fondly hope they and the Other furniture will be found free from Damage. You had as well empower me to Send the Whole up by Boats to Warren or some other landing on James River where Mr. Randolph can send your Waggons for them.

You may write Mr. Short that his Certificates and every Penny of Interest is Safe, the Certificates are now in his Own name, When I can Spare a little time I will write him with a full State of his Matters. As to your Tobacco I shall hold it Subject to your Orders. For the Present no Ships can be had to Any Port. The confidence You are Pleased to place in me on this Score shall not be misapplied. Donald & Burton have Settled Matters With their Creditors and obtained time to pay. When I hear that matters are fully adjusted I will conclude on future arrangements for their Joint Interest. I am sorry to discover Mr. Donald has Personal Views, that to enforce them he exculpates himself from all Blame of course Rests the failure on his Partners without giving them an oportunity to clear themselves from censure. This conduct every generous Mind will condemn and Suspend Opinions till both Sides are heard. Mr. Donald is also pleased to find fault with my conduct to some of his confidential friends, Without Writing me a Single line on the Subject, however I feel perfectly easy under the charge’s, as I can Satisfy every liberal mind that they are groundless, and this manner of attack below the character of a Man.

When your Carpenter and Stone mason appears I will have them sent forward to Mounticello. With due Respect I am Dear Sir Your Very Hbl: Serv

James Brown

RC (MHi); addressed: “The Honble: Thomas Jefferson Esqr Philada:”; stamped and postmarked; endorsed by TJ as received 8 June 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Tr (ViW); consists of extract of first sentence of second paragraph in TJ’s hand on same sheet with extract of Brown to TJ, 15 Apr. 1793; enclosed in TJ to William Short, 11 July 1793. PrC (DLC). Tr (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); 19th-century copy of extract.

TJ had expressed his solicitude for the safe carriage of his looking glasses in letters to Brown of 7 and 10 Apr. 1793, and in a check dated 3 July 1793 drawn on the Bank of the United States he paid James Reynolds, a carver and gilder in Philadelphia, 99.53 dollars for framing them (Facsimile of printed form with blanks filled in and signed by TJ, in Jefferson Rarities Collection Catalogue No. 101, [1992], Lot 234; with preprinted “1792” altered by TJ). See also MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, forthcoming as part of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 3 July 1793; and Hardie, Phila. Dir., 15.

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