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Thomas Jefferson to Craven Peyton, 6 February 1817

To Craven Peyton

Monticello Feb. 6. 17.

Dear Sir

I am infinitely obliged by the kind offer of the sum mentioned in your letter, and any further one you will be able to spare: an award is given against me for between 7. & 800.D. for rent to the Hendersons, to be paid instantly. I have also to pay 1600.D. more for the 3. shares of the daughters. this, with purchase of corn, and two years failure of crops embarrasses me beyond my expectations. I will send tomorrow and ask you for an order on Richmond for the present sum which will answer as well as the cash. with much thankfulness therefore I am Dr Sir

Your friend & sert

Th: Jefferson

P.S. old mrs Henderson has sworn that Bennet was not of age when he signed the deed of confirmation. I must pray you to enquire among the old women of your neighborhood who best remember these things. it is on our testimony here alone I am to depend.

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from John Adams or Abigail Adams to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • corn; TJ buys search
  • Henderson, Bennett Hillsborough; and Milton lands search
  • Henderson, Elizabeth Lewis (Bennett Henderson’s wife); and sale of Henderson lands search
  • Henderson case; claims by minor heirs search
  • Hornsby, Frances Henderson (Bennett Henderson’s daughter; Thomas Walker Hornsby’s wife); and Milton lands search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with C. Peyton search
  • Nelson, Nancy Crawford Henderson (Bennett Henderson’s daughter; Matthew Nelson’s wife); and Milton lands search
  • Peyton, Craven; account with TJ search
  • Peyton, Craven; and Henderson case search
  • Peyton, Craven; letters to search
  • rent; due from Henderson lands search
  • Wood, Lucy Henderson (Bennett Henderson’s daughter; John T. Wood’s wife); and Milton lands search