Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Sim Lee, 15 August 1780

To Thomas Sim Lee

Richmond August 15. 1780


On receipt of your Letter yesterday on the subject of Stephen Mister, I enquired of the Jailer and had from him information that such a person was Sent here from Accomack in June last, charged with high treason: that the Judges at the last court admitted him to bail, (the testimony probably appearing slight) binding him in a penalty of £100,000 himself and two sureties in £50,000 each for his appearance at the court in october next. Shoud he be cleared on trial I will see that due attention be paid to your Letter. In the mean time it will perhaps be best to say nothing as it might prevent his coming in.

I have the honor to be with every sentiment of esteem and respect, your Excellency’s most obedient servant,

Th: Jefferson

FC (Vi, photostat from Brit. Mus.: Add. MSS 38,650).

Your letter: Lee to TJ, 3 Aug. 1780, q.v.

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