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Thomas Jefferson to Martin Dawson, 22 October 1815, with Jesse Abell’s Receipt, 23 October 1815

To Martin Dawson, with Jesse Abell’s Receipt

Monticello Oct. 22. 15.

Dear Sir

I have bought a mule of the bearer mr Jesse Abell for eighty Dollars, and not having the money by me, I ask the favor of you to pay it for me, and it shall be repaid in cash in the course of the week, or by an order on Gibson & Jefferson at your choice which will oblige your humble servant

Th: Jefferson

P.S. should mr Dawson be from home I ask the same favor of mr Watson, and will call on him in a day or two & replace the money


Milton October 23rd 1815 Recieved of Watson & Dawson eighty dollars in full for above mule

Jesse Abell

James Wood

RC (MHi); in TJ’s hand, with receipt, on address leaf, in Wood’s hand, signed by Abell and Wood; addressed: “Mr Dawson Milton”; endorsed by TJ: “Abell Jesse.” Not recorded in SJL.

On this date TJ recorded buying a four-year-old mule from Jesse Abell, of Kentucky, the funds for which he repaid to Watson & Dawson three days later (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1315).

Index Entries

  • Abell, Jesse; sells TJ a mule search
  • Dawson, Martin; letters to search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • mules; TJ purchases search
  • Watson & Dawson (Milton firm); payments made for TJ search
  • Wood, James (clerk); clerk for Watson & Dawson search