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There is a petition before the legislature for establishing a turnpike road from Rockfish gap through Charlottesville to Moore’s ford on the Rivanna , in which I am much interested, and as I have outlived all my Legislative acquaintances, I must request the favor of yourself and mr Baker (to whom this letter is meant to be equally addressed) to pay some attention to it. but I ask you to do in...
I lately addressed a letter to mr Thweatt , intended equally for you in a case of my own: I now address this to you equally intended for mr Thweatt , in the case of another. it is to sollicit your attention to the petition of Visc o Philip S. Barziza one of the coheirs of Col o Ludwell owner of the Green spring estate . the mother of the petitioner was sole daughter of
You have probably seen mentioned in the public papers that it is in contemplation to establish near Charlottesville a seminary of learning which shall embrace all the sciences deemed materially useful in the present age. towards this object the legislature has passed an act giving us a constitution nearly of our own choice, under the name of the Central College , making the Governor patron of...
According to promise I wrote to the clerk of Goochland for a copy of Reuben Skelton’s will. his answer is that there is no such will recorded there, that no administration was granted there, & therefore it is presumed that he was not a resident of that county. I know however that he was a resident of the county at the time of his death. his mansion house was at Elkhill on the Goochland side of...
Your letter of Aug. 19. arrived here the day after I set out for Bedford , from which I have returned but a few days. that of Sep. 9. is since recieved. the pressure of other business accumulated during my absence and that of returning mr Ladd’s report by our first post, have permitted me to consider it but with a limited measure of attention. it is compiled with great care, and equal...
Your’s of the 16 th is recieved, and I am delighted with the sight of the probat of Reuben Skelton’s will. nothing had ever given me such a fit of the horrors as the idea of settling an account of the administration of Reuben Skelton’s estate. I see no necessity now for the search proposed into mr Wayles’s papers of which this I believe was the chief object. I am obliged to be in Bedford on...
Yours of the 18 th was recieved on the 21 st . I am happy to learn that our settlement goes on so harmoniously. but it could not well be otherwise; as I suppose the Commissioner can never have been presented with fairer papers, or fuller in a case of so long standing. there can be no objection to the transfer of debets from Fleming’s to Skelton’s account, where the article is properly...
I duly recieved your favor of the 11 th covering Judge Roane’s letter, which I now return. of the kindness of his sentiments expressed towards myself I am highly sensible; & could I believe that my public services had merited the approbation he so indulgently bestows, the satisfaction I should derive from it would be reward enough. to his wish that I would take a part in the transactions of...
Your letter dated Oct. 26. but I presume for Nov. 26. came here during my absence in Bedford in December, and this is the first moment I have been able to reply to it. I am sorry it is not in my power to give you any information of the account of Farrel & Jones against mr Eppes . I do not know that I ever saw it, nor had I any information ever from him respecting it. I remember only to have...
Our last mail brought me your favor of the 5 th and I hasten to answer by it’s first return. Jefferson Randolph is y not yet returned, so that I am without the benefit of any information thro’ him I inclose you a survey of the roads in question made by the county surveyor for the use of the court on the question of these roads; so I must beseech you to return it to me safely, and as soon as...
I have duly recieved your two favors of Nov. 6. & Dec. 13. requesting me to consent to the publication of my opinion on the encroachments of the Judiciary of the US. expressed in a former letter to you, but, my dear Sir, there is a time for all things; for advancing and for retiring; for a Sabbath of rest as well as for days of labor, and surely that Sabbath is arrived for one near entering on...
I now return you the copy of Warden’s exceptions recieved from you some time ago. they are too captious & futile to claim serious attention from the court. I am sued by a Samuel Scott of Bedford Campbell for 50. a s of land part of what was allotted to mrs Jefferson on the division of mr Wayles’s estate. this claim proposes to cut that much out of an entry of 99. acres purchased by
M r Peter Lyons in his life time (1801) sent me some claim on mr Wayles as atty for Farrell & Jones . I inclosed it to mr Eppes & informed referred mr Lyons to him. I have just recieved a renewal of the claim from D r Lyons his son, which I send to you with a copy of my answer referring him to you.
Your favor of the 12 th did not reach me until the evening before the last. I have this day addressed a letter to mr Jones bearing willing testimony to truths which render you worthy of the trust you solicit, whatever may be the event of the application, and I sincerely wish you success because you wish it yourself. this service and any other in my power you had a right to expect from me, and...
Yours of Dec. 3. came during an absence of between 5. & 6 weeks in Bedford , which is the cause of my being so late in answering it. I now inclose you the pamphlet you ask for. it is the only copy I have, & is kept for my own use, so I must ask the return of it when you are done with it. I had it printed principally to put a copy into the hands of every member of Congress , & if I had supposed...
Yours of May 28 is just recieved, & I return the account of Farrel & Jones against B.S. which it covered. the paiments of F. & J. of Sep. 7. 69. on mr Wayles’s draughts debited to B.S. I cannot explain by memory, & especially as I have not mr W’s
The inclosed letter is from a son of the late mrs Harris of Indian camp in Cumberland, a near connection of mr Wayles’s family. from the time of my going to the old. Congress all mr Wayles’s papers and affairs were turned over to mr Eppes, who had the sole transaction of what respected them. mr Harris says I had the suit brought against Hanburs . but not a vestige of it remains in my memory....
Your favors of June 16. and 23. came both to hand by our yesterday’s mail. it is another proof of the delays of the post between this and Eppington . the great post lines move rapidly & regularly: but I have ever found the cross posts subject to great delays. I should be very sorry indeed that you should take a trip to Richmond merely for the research I wished: and especially as you have found...
Your favors of Dec. 28 . & Jan. 4. have been duly recieved. I had not recollected the admission of the will in the bill. this however I presume they would be permitted to correct by amendment if it were found they had done it against the fact. but their quotation gives me a hope the will is recorded, as I know not how else they could have a copy. There was a compleat set of accounts current...
After sending off my letter of the 23 d yours of the 20 th came to hand. I shall now explain the article of the £210. which is the subject of it. John Flemings executors having advertised his personal estate for sale, mrs Jefferson was very desirous to get a favorite housewoman of the name of Ursula . I attended the sale therefore and purchased her & two young boys her sons. Meriwether Skelton...
your favor of the 2 d was recieved yesterday. I am much indebted to you for your attention to our turn-pike road, which was an electioneering maneuver of the scoundrel Yancey . the day the bill was postponed in spite of him he had the base hypocrisy to write to me and insinuate he had had it postponed. he attended our last court with a view of feeling the pulse of the people, but so many of...
Your favor of the 11 th is just recieved. mr Wayles was certainly interested in Byrd ’s lottery, but chiefly I believe in partnership with others. you remember to have seen in Skelton ’s account a charge for tickets in partnership with him. but I never heard him or any other speak of having any prizes. had any been drawn by him & B. Skelton , it would surely have been ferreted out by...
I wrote you on the 11 th in answer to yours of the 4 th and yesterday recieved yours of the 7 th announcing to me the melancholy information of the death of my most esteemed friend mrs Eppes . an intimate and affectionate acquaintance of 40. years with her had always rendered her very dear to me. nearly the last of my early & most beloved friends has now dropt off, and I really view myself as...