Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Bell, 30 January 1793

From Thomas Bell

30. Jany. 1793

Dear Sir

Yours of the 17th. is now at hand. Exclusive of Mr. Browns account the Sherriff has called upon me for your taxes, that with other accounts that I have paid and assumed which Colo. Lewis tells me are Just, and cannot be put off, nearly ballances our account exclusive of the hire of Marey and children. I applied to one of the Gentlemen who Valued her to meet the other and Say what I Should give for the hire. He Seemd of opinion, that as She had so many, I ought not to pay thing.1 On finding that to be his opinion, I could not think of doing any thing more in the business untill your return.

However Sir, I assure you this is not the reason why I cannot with propriety give you a draft on Colo. Gamble. The high price my customers expect for their produce in the Spring induces them to hold back their Tobacco &c. for the Spring market. Of course I have nothing as yet in the hands of Colo. Gamble.

I applied to our friend Mr. De Reux who has long wishd to have it in his power to make me a payment. He tells me that what he has already received is in advance and cannot with any propriety draw upon you at present.

If the Sale of his Goods (before you leave Philadelphia) will Justify a draft that will be of service to you, I am well assured he will give it with pleasure. And I would in that case endeavor to refund him and wait untill his last payment comes to hand.

I will that you to write me2 what prospects there are like to be through this channel, without advising Mr. De Reux any thing about it, as it would hurt his feelings in case of a disapointment.

He has not yet fixed upon a piece of land to his mind.

If our worthy friend Mr. Monroe should have it in his power, Any advances he might make would be perfectly agreeable. I am Sir with due respect your most ob. Svt.

Thos Bell

Snow now about 12 inches deep on level ground—the first we have had this winter.

T. B.

RC (DLC); addressed: “The Honl. Thomas Jefferson Esqr Secretary of State Philadelphia”; franked; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Feb. 1793 and so recorded in SJL.

yours of the 17th. was undoubtedly TJ to Robert Gamble of 17 Jan. 1793, which TJ had asked Gamble to forward to Bell.

1Thus in manuscript.

2Sentence to this point thus in manuscript.

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