Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Currie, 26 August 1791

From James Currie

Richmond, 26 Aug. 1791. He acknowledged TJ’s polite and friendly letter and wrote again by Lewis Burwell. Now writes at request of Col. Harvie to say that he received TJ’s letter about “some papers (respecting lands) to be obtained from Colo. N. Lewis” before setting off with other James River Canal Commissioners to examine the river “and try to let out the clearing a part of it … in which they failed.” On his way he saw Lewis who promised to send papers but they have not come to hand. About 16 days ago Harvie was seized “dangerously ill with a Bilious peripneumony and has been in the most imminent danger indeed.” He is now barely able to sit up and has received TJ’s other letter about lands granted Virginia Line on Ohio, which will be attended to the instant he can perform any sort of business. “All the rest of his family are well as likewise Colo. Randolph and his Lady, your son and his Lady with her family all are well. He was down here on Monday visiting his estate. Colo. Randolph [of] Tuckahoe and Meriwether were Candidates for … Colo. Southalls place as Senator. Colo. Randolph was elected by a very great Majority.”

RC (DLC); 3 p.; addressed: “The Hble. Thomas Jefferson Esq. Secretary of State Philadelphia”; postmarked: “Richmond Aug 26” and “free”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Sep. 1791 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ’s letter to John Harvie about some papers is probably that of 7 Apr. 1791. The other letter to Harvie is that of 14 Aug. 1791.

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