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Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, 17 February 1813

From Joseph C. Cabell

Richmond 17 Feb: 1813.

Dear Sir,

I have been prevented by business of late, from writing you respecting the fate of the Bill founded on the petition of the Rivanna River company. The Bill as it came up to the Senate contained merely a proviso saving private rights. Mr Johnson drafted two amendments, one requiring that the tolls should be collected at the Locks, & only on what should pass thro’ them, so long as the company should use your canal; the other requiring that the consent of the company should be previously certified to the Court of Albemarle, before the Law should take effect, & that in that event the charter should last till the year 1840. I exhibited your map of the River to the Senate, and made a full explanation of the subject. The amendments passed without opposition. I had previously ascertained that the Delegates from Albemarle would be willing to exempt your own produce, but not that of your customers, from toll. Our amendments, conformably to your suggestions, & what appeared to us to be just, from your statement of facts, went to the exemption of your customers, as well as of yourself. When the Bill returned to the1 House of Delegates, one of your members from Albemarle moved to postpone it to the 31st March, which was done. Col: Branham & Capt: Garth, averred that the company would never consent to the exemption of your customers, & that it was better to let the subject lie over till another session. Thus ended the bill. I can assure you that I have paid the utmost attention in my power to this subject. Mr Johnson & Mr Barber2 have been equally attentive. The Delegates from Albemarle have expressed a willingness to enter upon any arrangement that might be mutually satisfactory to yourself & the company; but they differ with you in regard to the extent of your claims. Provided I should be continued in the Senate, I beg you to be assured of my anxiety to serve you on this or any other subject in which you may be interested.

I am, dr Sir, with great respect & regard yr humb: servt

Jos: C: Cabell.

RC (ViU: TJP-PC); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Feb. 1813 and so recorded in SJL.

The Rivanna Company’s petition to the Virginia General Assembly is printed above at 5 Oct. 1812.

1Cabell here canceled “Lower.”

2Spelling corrected by TJ to “Barbour.”

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County, Va.; delegation to General Assembly search
  • Barbour, Philip Pendleton; and Rivanna Company search
  • Bramham, Nimrod; and Rivanna Company search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; and Rivanna Company search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; letters from search
  • Garth, Elijah; and Rivanna Company search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and Rivanna Company search
  • Johnson, Chapman; and Rivanna Company search
  • maps; of Rivanna River search
  • Rivanna Company; bill regarding search
  • Rivanna Company; petition to General Assembly search
  • Rivanna River; navigation rights search
  • Rivanna River; TJ’s map of search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search