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From Thomas Jefferson to Nicholas Lewis, 24 September 1791

To Nicholas Lewis

Monticello Sep. 24. 1791.

Dear Sir

I now return you the bonds of Woodson & Lewis and Lewis & Ware, as also Woodson’s note, and a statement of Lewis’s debt for the rent of Elkhill. Calculating the interest on each of them to the last day of this month, they stand thus.

Principal Interest Whole amount
Woodson & Lewis on their bond £172–17–7 + £22–17–0 = £215–14– 7
Woodson. On his note    6– 7–0 +   1– 7–3 =    7–14– 3
(Lewis & Ware on their bond  100– 6–8½ +  24–18–3 =  125– 4–11½
Lewis for rent  112– 0–0 +   7– 4–0 =  119– 4– 0
Amounting in the whole to  467–17– 9½
Deduct P.F. Trent’s order, and your debt to R.L. suppose  215
There will remain due the last day of this month about  252–17– 9½

It will be necessary for you to give a very particular explanation to Mr. Pope as to the claim for Elkhill, as an exact idea of it will decide what kind of writ he takes out: also to caution him not to take it out till you are satisfied the 4th. year is expired. I shall be obliged to you to inform me the exact sum you are to stop for me on account of your brother’s estate, and whether you are to allow to R.L. interest on it, and from what time. The bearer will bring the books and papers we spoke of. I am with great esteem Dear Sir your friend & servt,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (CSmH).

The action TJ took regarding Lewis’s debt is explained in TJ to Robert Lewis and TJ to Robert Lewis, Jr., 5 Oct. 1791. Mr. Pope: Nathaniel Pope, an attorney who lived in Hanover County.

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