Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Randolph Jefferson, 28 February 1790

To Randolph Jefferson

Monticello Feb. 28. 1790.

Dear Brother

I will give the orders as you desire to George, relative to peach stones and the puppies. I send you by Orange some very fine Apricot and Plumb stones to be planted immediately and to be cracked before they are planted. I have settled the administration of my sister Elizabeth’s estate whereon you are to receive as follows.

Principal Interest
From J. Bolling (order now inclosed) £ 4–0–6  3–16– 8 interest from Jan. 11.1771
Colo. Chas. L. Lewis (order inclosed)  8–11– 0 } int. from Jan. 1. 1773
Colo. N. Lewis (order inclosed).  15–6–9  4–12– 3
 19–7–3 16–19–11
or in a plainer form  £
you will receive from J. Bolling  7–17–2
C. L. Lewis  8–11–0
N. Lewis for me 19–19–0
in the whole 36– 7–2

I have the pleasure further to inform you that Doctr. Walker has no right to call on us for any interest. I have examined his account accurately with respect to that and find that charging him interest for the monies of the estate which he had at different times in his hands, and allowing him interest whenever the balance is in his favor, the result is that he would owe us a small balance of interest not worth notice: so there is an end of that matter. Give my love to my sister and the little ones. I am Dear brother yours affectionately,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi). Enclosures not found.

Orange: A Monticello slave of this name is listed in Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, Princeton, 1953 description ends , p. 24, 28, as among those born in 1777 and also as “taken in 1783.” His name does not appear in the dowry of Martha Jefferson or in the list of slaves of 1794, though his mother (Dinah) is in the latter list (same, p. 30).—Accompanying the above in MHi is a PrC of “an exact statement of Mr. Hastings Marks’s distributive or seventh part of the estates of Jane Jefferson junr. and Elizabeth Jefferson deceased whereof the bonds and orders are now delivered to him. Th: Jefferson Feb. 28. 1792.” The amounts of the orders (on Bolling and Nicholas Lewis for principal and interest due from Elizabeth Jefferson’s estate) were the same as those given above. The remainder of the total of £68 11s. 5d. to be received by Marks was derived from the bonds of William Hickman and J. Bolling, plus interest, from the estate of Jane Jefferson, or £32 4s. 3d. See TJ to Lewis, 22 Feb. 1790.

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