Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Lyle, 15 April 1793

To James Lyle

Philadelphia Apr. 15. 1793.

Dear Sir

According to what I mentioned to you in a former letter, I have had, in January past, a sale of negroes made for the purpose of paying my bonds to Henderson & co. The amount of the sales returned to me is £700–1–6 besides which there is one other bond not yet taken which will be about £100. so that the whole is about £800. Virginia currency, the one half payable the next christmas, the other half christmas twelvemonth. The ensuing winter I hope to be able to add from another source £200. or a little upwards, so as to compleat1 the bonds payable 1791. 2. 3. and 4.2 one half the money receivable this year and the whole by the end of 1794. I expected ere this to have been in Virginia and to have put into your hands myself the bonds for the £700–1–6 but particular circumstances defer my departure till the latter end of summer. In the mean time the bonds are lodged at Monticello.

The last bond to Henderson & co. and my mother’s balance will then remain. As I have now cleared myself of Farrell & Jones by bonds in like manner to within about £100. I shall be more able to manage the last bond to Henderson and my mother’s balance: but still I can by no means promise myself to do it by the times stipulated. However when I return to my own country and my own affairs I shall have time to examine into my resources for doing it. In the mean time I am with sincere esteem Dear [Sir]3 your affectionate friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. James Lyle.”

TJ’s former letter to Lyle was that of 29 July 1792.

1TJ here canceled “all.”

2TJ originally completed the sentence with “and the whole money receivable by the end of 1794” before amending the passage to read as above.

3Word omitted by TJ.

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