Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Richard Dobson, 3 November 1793

To Richard Dobson

Germantown Nov. 3. 1793.


In my letter of Aug. 30. I asked the favor of you to furnish me a statement of the paiments made on my bill of exchange and bond and of the balance due, and to have the same lodged at Monticello, where I proposed being during the month of October, that I might give definitive directions for the payment of it. Not having received it while there, I have now to ask the favor of it’s being lodged there at any time before the beginning of January when I shall return there, to remain, and will then take measures for the discharge of it. I am Sir Your very humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Richard Dobson”; faded date recopied in ink by TJ. Tr (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); 19th-century copy.

According to SJL, TJ and Dobson exchanged 15 letters between 22 Jan. 1794 and 13 June 1796, none of which have been found. Shortly before the latter date TJ finally discharged the obligation Dobson was collecting on behalf of his father, John Dobson (MB, description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, forthcoming in The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends 4 Dec. 1791 and note, 22 May 1796).

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