Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David Jameson, 7 March 1782

From David Jameson

Richmond Mch 7. 1782

Dr. Sir

I inclose you the Revenue Act and the act for Specific’s passed last Session. By the former the old Specific law is repealed and the exemption done away and not revived in the last.

You say nothing of the Mule. I hope you received it safe. with the highest esteem I am Dr Sir Yr obt hb Servt,

David Jameson

RC (DLC); TJ’s draft of his letter to Overton Carr, 16 Mch. 1782, q.v., is written on the blank pages of Jameson’s letter. Enclosures (missing): Copies of “An act for ascertaining certain taxes and duties, and for establishing a permanent revenue” and “An act for laying taxes in certain enumerated commodities” (Hening, description begins William W. Hening, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia description ends x, 501–17; 490–2).

The two Acts sent by Jameson must have been requested by TJ in a letter in which he failed to say anything of the MULE; no such letter, if written, has been found. Mules were rare in America at this time, but there is apparently no evidence to show that TJ shared Washington’s great enthusiasm for that hybrid.

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