Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Ross, 30 April 1794

To John Ross

Monticello Apr. 30. 1794.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 7th. inst. has been duly received. Having occasion this day to order the shipment of some tobacco from Richmond (where nothing can be sold for cash) to Mr. Lownes of Philadelphia, for other purposes, I enable him on receipt of it to pay you the balance mentioned in your letter, for which and all other friendly attentions accept my renewed thanks. Among the recollections which I shall continue to cherish is that of the esteem I had entertained for yourself, and endeavored to cultivate whenever my harrassed condition would permit it. I am now enjoying in full draughts those rural scenes which you only sip at occasionally, and they are not the less relished by a great deal of active industry and exercise. With my best respects to Mrs. Ross, and every wish for your happiness, I am Dear Sir with sincere esteem & respect Your friend & Servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (PP: Historical Manuscripts); addressed: “John Ross esquire Mercht. Philadelphia”; stamped; endorsed by Ross as received 10 May 1794.

Ross’s favor of the 7th. inst., recorded in SJL as received from Philadelphia on 16 Apr. 1794, has not been found. Also missing are a letter from Ross to TJ of 27 June 1797, recorded in SJL as received the same day, and TJ’s reply recorded in SJL a day later. Both presumably dealt with the failure of Caleb Lownes to settle the balance of $59.38 due on the loan that Ross made to TJ on 2 Jan. 1794, and TJ’s arrangement to have it paid by John Barnes (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, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 30 Apr. 1794, 28 June 1797).

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