Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to David Jameson, 14 August 1791

To David Jameson

Philadelphia Aug. 14. 1791.

Dear Sir

The loss of the records of our state during the time of my administration there, has left it without legal vouchers for the expenditure of the specific tax (I believe of the year 1780) which certainly was almost wholly applied to Continental uses. There remains no evidence but a bit of paper of which I send you a copy. What, in the copy, is in common writing, is in my hand in the original: what is scored in the copy, is in Mr. Blair’s hand in the original: what is in red ink in the copy, is in Mr. Bush’s hand in the original. All the marks, and dashes are also copied. Colo. Davies submitted it to me, expecting I might from memory furnish something additional: but I have nothing more than a general recollection. Knowing that you attended much to this business, and have been less bandied about since, I inclose you a copy, in hopes it will aid you in recollecting whatever you think may serve to decide what and how much was applied to Continental use, and what and how much to that of the state. If you will be so good as to give it a thorough consideration, and communicate to me what you recollect, perhaps it may recall things to my mind and enable me to bear some testimony in conjunction with you to this important paper.—I am happy in every occasion of renewing to you assurances of the ancient and unabated sentiments of esteem & respect of Dear Sir your affectionate friend and servant,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC).

The enclosed copy of a bit of paper has not been found. Col. William Davies, the commissioner in charge of settling Virginia’s accounts with the federal government, needed the information TJ requested about the specific tax in connection with his efforts to obtain reimbursement for the state’s expenditures on Continental account during the Revolutionary War (CVSP description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. description ends , v, 226, 234–7, 254–5, 299–300, 392–3). Jameson had been a member of the Virginia Executive Council during TJ’s tenure as governor.

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