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Thomas Jefferson to William Champe Carter, 23 September 1813

To William Champe Carter

Monticello Sep. 23. 13.

Dear Sir

I was in hopes, after recieving the reacknolegement of your deed to mr Short that all further trouble was at an end. but a more serious one arises. Colo Monroe called on me two days ago and stated that the deed to mr Short had run in upon his prior one, and included some of the land, which he claims now to have settled. as he does not state this error of the lines as of his own knolege, but from the information of others, I am not without hopes he may be mistaken; because you conducted the Surveyor yourself in laying off mr Short’s land, which was so soon after your conveyance to Colo Monroe, that you could hardly have forgotten his lines. he is very fair, candid, and accomodating and will let it be settled in the most amicable way, but, Sir, the settlement will require your presence. we propose that yourself, mr Short & Colo Monroe shall each name an Arbitrator, who shall go on the lines with a surveyor, and determine on the spot the right and the damages, if any. it is left to you to fix on the day of meeting most convenient to yourself. this cannot be till the fall of the leaf; but the sooner after that the better; and the rather as I shall go to Bedford the first week of November, and not return till the middle of December. some time in the 3d or 4th week of Oct. if convenient to you, would be suitable. I subjoin the description of his land taken from his deed to refresh your memory, and tender you the assurances of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

‘containing 1000. as be the same more or less & bounded as followeth to wit on the South by a run on the Eastern side of Dick’s plantation & running thence to the source of the said run: & thence in a strait line to the top of the S.W. mountains: North to the lands of mr Jefferson, & thence by the lands of Mazzei to the road; and along the road South to the beginning.’

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “W. Champe Carter esq.”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to James Monroe and Monroe to TJ (first letter), both 23 Sept. 1813.

On 20 Sept. 1793 Carter and his wife, Maria Byrd Farley Carter, sold Monroe 1,000 acres just south of Monticello, a property that Monroe dubbed Highland (Albemarle Co. Deed Book, 11:163–5). Just over three years later, on 8 Dec. 1796, the Carters conveyed Indian Camp to William Short, an adjoining property situated farther south and consisting of roughly 1,330 acres. William Champe Carter’s reacknolegement of the latter agreement is dated 1 Feb. 1813 (note to TJ to Carter, 16 Jan. 1813). The subjoined description is taken from the Carters’s 1793 indenture with Monroe. dick’s plantation formed a part of the Indian Camp Quarter tract inherited by Carter from his father in 1792 (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1893–  description ends 44 [1936]: 353; TJ to Carter, 16 Jan. 1813).

Index Entries

  • Carter, Maria Byrd Farley (William C. Carter’s wife); and W. Short’s land search
  • Carter, Maria Byrd Farley (William C. Carter’s wife); sells land to J. Monroe search
  • Carter, William Champe; and Highland–Indian Camp boundary dispute search
  • Carter, William Champe; and W. Short’s land search
  • Carter, William Champe; letters to search
  • Carter, William Champe; sells land to J. Monroe search
  • Highland (J. Monroe’s Albemarle Co. estate); boundary dispute search
  • Highland (J. Monroe’s Albemarle Co. estate); sale of search
  • Indian Camp (W. Short’s Albemarle Co. estate); boundary dispute search
  • Indian Camp (W. Short’s Albemarle Co. estate); sale of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and Highland–Indian Camp boundary dispute search
  • Mazzei, Philip; Albemarle Co. lands of search
  • Monroe, James; and Highland–Indian Camp boundary dispute search
  • Monroe, James; buys Highland estate search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search
  • Short, William; and Indian Camp search