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From Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 6 July 1801

To George Jefferson

Washington July 6. 1801.

Dear Sir

I inclose you a treasury draught on Colo. Carrington [for] fifteen hundred dollars to meet mr Eppes’s draughts on you [for] 800. D. payable to Dr Shore the 12th. and 500. D payable to mr [Haxhall] on the 16th. inst. the surplus to go towards covering your advances [for] the hams &c . I have furnished you lately too sparingly with cash. the fact is that my Outfit has been so very heavy that [it still?] presses very hard on all my resources private & public, & will not [leave me] at ease under two or three months. I am not able exactly to [settle our] accounts, because you meet a number of small expenses not known to me but whenever you will be so kind as to mention that you are in [arrears] & how much, it shall be immediately covered. in the mean time I will do it conjecturally. I shall go home in the first week of [Aug.] to remain to the last of Sep. can you not come & pass [some time] with us. accept assurances of my affectionate esteem.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

In his financial records, TJ noted that on 6 July, John Barnes sent him a treasury draft on Edward Carrington for $1,500, which he immediately remitted to Gibson & Jefferson to meet the drafts totaling $1,300 due for the horses purchased by John Wayles Eppes for the president about three months earlier. The $200 balance was to be applied to TJ’s account (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1045–6).

On 13 July, Gibson & Jefferson wrote TJ, noting that his letter of 6 July and the draft on Carrington for $1,500 were received and the amount “entered to your credit with us” (RC in MHi; in Patrick Gibson’s hand and signed by him with company signature; at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr:”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 July and so recorded in SJL).

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