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To Thomas Jefferson from Alexander McCaul, 15 January 1790

From Alexander McCaul

Glasgow Jany the 15th. 1790

Dr. Sir

I had the honour of receiving your letter from Paris of the 3d of Augt. which I would have acknowledged in course, but I saw from the Publick papers that you was preparing to embark for America and not at that time knowing the fate of Paradise’s bill on Docter Bancroft, I postponed writting.

This serves now to acknowledge the receipt of the above mentioned letter which inclosed two bills one Grand & Co. on Tesseier for £124—which was duly paid, the other on Dr. Bancroft for £176, which agreable to your desire lay in the hands of my friends in London—and on promise of paying it with Interest next April I agreed to wait the payment til that time. I have wrote Mr. James Lyle of this remmittance and at same time desired our agreement to be confirmed, and settle on liberal terms with you, but as he is empowered by his Partners here to settle all the Company’s affairs in Virginia I cannot take upon me to give any particular directions. That you may enjoy many happy days in your own Country, should you not return to Europe with dignity & honour is the sincerest wish of my heart & I truly am D Sir your affe. hl. Servt.

Alexr McCaul

RC (ViWC); addressed: “The Honble Thomas Jefferson Esqr. Virginia” endorsed as received 21 Apr. 1790 and so recorded in SJL. Dupl (missing) is recorded in SJL as received 15 May 1790.

James Lyle of Manchester, Virginia, forwarded this letter in one to TJ of 10 Apr. 1790 (missing, but also recorded in SJL as received 21 Apr. 1790). TJ replied to Lyle from New York on 25 Apr. 1790, acknowledging both letters and crediting the “paiment of the two bills of Grand and Paradise amounting to £300.” to the first of his bonds, due 19 July 1790 in the amount of £628–14–0; he stated that this, together with interest on “£300. from Aug. 15. 1789 to July 19. 1790” amounting to £13–14–4 and with “Mr. Donald’s paiment of £325.” on the latter date, would result in an overpayment on the first bond of £10–4–4, and that this overpayment was to be “credited on 2d. as of July 19. 1790.” (PrC in DLC.)

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