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From Thomas Jefferson to George Hay, 4 November 1806

Washington Nov. 4. 06.

Dear Sir

I recieved but lately a letter dated so long ago as Oct. 9. from mr Craven Peyton, your client in the suit against Henderson, then ill near Lancaster, in which he says that having been in expectation of returning home before that time, he had omitted to write to mr Wirt to join you in his suit, which had been his intention. I have not heard a word from mr Peyton since, whether he has recovered or not. but lest any thing should have happened to him to prevent his engaging mr Wirt, I take the liberty of asking you to do him that kindness. if he is safe he will attend himself to the remitting mr Wirt’s fee: if he is not I will take care to do it. it is still convenient that he should be the nominal party: but the decision has acquired new importance to myself, with respect to the suppression of Henderson’s claim to pass a canal through the widow’s dower lands. Accept my friendly salutations & the assurances of great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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