Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Mercer, 14 June 1778

To James Mercer

Albemarle June 14. 1778.

Dear Sir

Mr. Dick presented me at the assembly in December Mr. Ogilvie’s debt, at which time I was not able to answer it, and as he told me he should be in Williamsburgh again before the rising of the assembly, I omitted to take a memorandum of the amount. If you will be so good as to let me know what it is, I will by the first safe opportunity send it to you. If you have any news of the British army’s departure, a French war declared, or other important event a communication of it by the bearer (who returns on receiving your answer to this) will oblige Dear Sir Your friend & humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

RC (André deCoppet, New York City, 1949). Addressed: “To James Mercer esq. Fredericksburgh.” Endorsed: “Jefferson Thos June 1778 [2?] times I was willing to receive a Specie Debt in paper, it was demanded but he coud not pay.”

Information on this transaction is not available in TJ’s Account Books, though see TJ to Thomas Adams, 11 July 1770 for TJ’s earlier effort in Ogilvie’s behalf.

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