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Robert Saunders to Thomas Jefferson, 20 February 1816

From Robert Saunders

Williamsburg Va 20th feb’ry 1816.


Having made an Examination and Settlement with Mr Bracken as the Admor of the late Charles Bellini under the Authority granted to me by your Letter of Attorney of the 25th of december last, I now cover to you a statement of the account, an exact Copy of that left in Mr Bracken’s possession, annexing thereto my account shewing the balance to be received by your Constituent, together with a certificate from the Cashier of the Bank of Virginia shewing that I had placed to your credit the sum of $635:48—corresponding with my account.

From a view of the Papers and vouchers respecting Mr Bracken’s transactions on this estate:—the Powers granted to him by the Sisters of Mr Bellini, and his efforts to remit the sum due from him, I thought it right not to insist on Interest for a longer period than is allowed; being of opinion, that these circumstances would shelter him therefrom in a Court of Chancery—I found that no other property, as far as I could obtain information, came into Mr Bracken’s hands than the slaves: which, indeed, Mr Bellini purchased from College, and, as I understand, were not entirely paid for at his death:—Mr Andrews, the late Bursar of College having taken a pledge of his Household furniture, very inconsiderable in itself, for the purpose of satisfying this debt—

I also return the several Papers transmitted to me as you request. Be pleased to acknowledge the credit thro’ the Bank for the amount placed there by me, as well as the receipt of the Papers returned.

with every consideration of the highest respect,

I am, Dr sir, Your obedt Servt

Ro: Saunders.

RC (DLC); dateline adjacent to signature; at foot of text: “To Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Mar. 1816 and so recorded in SJL.

The enclosed statement of the account is printed below. The certificate from the cashier of the bank of virginia has not been found. For the several papers also enclosed here, see TJ to Saunders, 25 Dec. 1815.

Index Entries

  • Andrews, Robert; and C. Bellini estate search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); and C. Bellini estate search
  • Bellini, Aurora (Maria Aurora Gaspera); and C. Bellini estate search
  • Bellini, Charles (Carlo Maria Marchionne); estate of search
  • Bellini, Luisa (Louisa; Maria Luisa Eleonora); and C. Bellini estate search
  • Bracken, John; and C. Bellini estate search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and C. Bellini estate search
  • Saunders, Robert; and C. Bellini estate search
  • Saunders, Robert; letters from search
  • slaves; at College of William and Mary search
  • slaves; C. Bellini’s search
  • William and Mary, College of; slaves at search