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Tarlton Saunders (for James Lyle [1798–1850]) to Thomas Jefferson, 7 April 1821

From Tarlton Saunders (for James Lyle [1798–1850])

Richmond 7th April 1821.

Dear Sir

On my return to Richmond I found your esteem’d favor of the 3rd January, which would have been answered long ago, but for the delay which occured in Mr.1 Lyles getting possession of the Books and papers of his Grandfathers Estate from an agent of the former Executor, on an examination of them I found your Bonds as enumerated in your Letter, and I now hand you a Statement of them, which please examine, and I trust you will find it correct, (it is so intended to be) I have included a Small Bond of Mrs Jeffersons assigned by one alligree, Mr Lyle left a memo., that this Bond had never been presented to you, and that it might be charged to you, which is submitted for your approbation.   I have Communicated to mr Lyle your wish as to the time of payment, he is perfectly friendly disposed, and willing to extend to you indulgence but not to so long a period; pray would it not be agreeable to you to make the payments in instalments, say from 1 to 5 years or 2. 3. 4 & 5 years, to which I am pretty sure Mr Lyle will acquiese, if you will write me in what way you wish to make the instalments, I will use my influence with mr Lyle in your behalf; my apology for handing you the incorrect statement in Decemr last is, that I copied it from one handed to Mr Lyle by the agent of the former Executor, who then had possession of the Books & papers; You will please do me the favor to give the statement now rendered a close examination, and if any error please communicate the same, which shall be corrected, I am persuaded you will find it correctly stated, and the result found to be as annexed, and I remain with much regard and respect

Dear Sir Your Mo Ob Sevt
Tarlton Saunders Agent
for J. Lyles admr

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as a letter from Saunders for Lyle received 10 Apr. 1821 and so recorded in SJL; with enclosure subjoined. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to James Monroe, 5 Sept. 1822, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello”; franked; postmarked Richmond, 7 Apr.

1Manuscript: “in Mr. in Mr.”

Index Entries

  • Allegre, Mr.; J. R. Jefferson’s debt to search
  • Henderson, McCaul & Company (Scottish firm); TJ’s debt to search
  • Jefferson, Jane Randolph (TJ’s mother); debt of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to Henderson, McCaul & Company search
  • Lyle, James (1726–1812); agent for Henderson, McCaul & Company search
  • Lyle, James (1798–1850); as administrator of estate of J. Lyle (1726–1812) search
  • Lyle, James (1798–1850); letter from search
  • Lyle, James (1798–1850); Statement of Bonds Payable to James Lyle search
  • Saunders, Tarlton; and TJ’s debt to Henderson, McCaul & Company search
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