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From Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 29 July 1801

To George Jefferson

Washington July 29. 1801.

Dear Sir

I inclose you a draught of the Columbia bank on the bank of the US. for 250. D. which mr Barnes assures me is as good as bank notes [get.] it will be paid either in Philadelphia or New York. this he knows of his own experience. it is intended to cover a balance due from me to Hen[ry Duke] of Hanover, of about 150. Dol. and to pay mr Ast 91.[30] D for the insurance company. he [has] some demand of interest [paiments,] that I think […] unjust & unlawful yet I shall pay on his informing me of [the sum. I am] not able to state the exact sum due to Duke because my papers are packed up; but probably I shall be able to write it to you from Monticello before he calls for it. but I know it is very nearly about […] that sum may be paid him if he calls before I give you further information & the balance may be afterwards [settled]. I leave this tomorrow [morning] for Monticello which I shall reach [on] Sunday. I propose staying the months of Aug. & Sep. & shall be happy to see you there. [accept] assurances of my affectionate friendship

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson.”

On 13 Aug. TJ sent Henry Duke, a brickmason at Monticello from 1797 to 1799, an order on Gibson & Jefferson for £47.15.0, to settle the account with interest. The final sum was $168.46 (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 , 2:958, 1048–9, 1067).

Pay Mr Ast: on 17 Aug. 1800, TJ recorded in his financial accounts that the premium for insurance on buildings at Monticello would be $83.80, with additional expenses of $7.50, bringing the total to $91.30. Later TJ recorded that between 4 Mch. 1801 and 4 Mch. 1802 he paid William Frederick Ast $118.25 for insurance (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 , 2:1025, 1048, 1067; Vol. 32:104–7).

On 3 Aug. 1801, Gibson & Jefferson informed TJ that his letter of 29 July, along with the draft on the Bank of the United States, were received and would be appropriated as directed by him (RC in MHi; in Patrick Gibson’s hand, with company signature by him; at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr. Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Aug. and so recorded in SJL).

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