Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Burke, 30 June 1771

To Thomas Burke

Albemarle June 30. 177[1].

Dear Sir

The case of Plume v. Portlock now lies at the Rules in danger of a dismission for want of a declaration. Mr. Blair directed me to apply to you for instructions in this matter. Your favor herein will oblige Dr. Sir Your friend and servt.,

Th: Jefferson

P. S. On looking further into the Rule docket I find myself referred to you also for instructions to draw the bill in McVee v. Wilson. I have Wilson’s bond to McVee.

RC (NcU: Southern Historical Collection). Addressed: “To Dr. Thomas Burke Norfolk.” Endorsed: “Mr. Jefferson.”

TJ omitted the last digit of the date, which is ascertainable from Burke’s acknowledgement, dated 19 Aug. 1771. The action of Plume v. Portlock is entered in TJ’s Case Book, No. 509. under 14 Feb. 1771; Burke in his reply of 19 Aug. discusses at length this suit growing out of a false imprisonment (as he believed). The suit of Matthew Mcvee (whose name is variously spelled) of Norfolk v. James Wilson of Jamaica is entered in TJ’s Case Book under the same date, No. 508; see also Burke’s reply, and TJ to Burke?, 6 Dec. 1771.

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