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From Thomas Jefferson to Christopher Clark, 5 August 1794

To Christopher Clark

Monticello Aug. 5. 1794.


I inclose you the following bonds of persons residing in the counties wherein I understand you practice, to wit.

penalty condition time of paimt date of bonds
  £  s
James Branch }  81– 5  40–12–6 1793. Dec. 14. 1792.Dec. 14.
William Minor
Gabriel Minor
John Clarke junr. }  111–10  55–15–0
John Clarke senr.
Robert Hawkins }  83–12  41–16
Danl. B. Perrow
Thomas Dillion
Wm. Millner } 245–15 120– 7–6
Simon Miller
Wm. Miller
Danl. B. Perrow }  41– 0  20–10.
John Clarke senr.
John Clarke junr.

the whole payable to me. There was a condition subjoined that if they paid punctually at that day, the interest would be relinquished, not having done so it is to be required. Indeed I presume they had no intention of paying but at the end of a course of law, as I have never heard a word from any of them. Where you can apply for paiment without losing time, be pleased to do so; but to let no time be lost in bringing the suits and obtaining the money, this being the condition on which I am myself indulged with delay for the debt these bonds were destined to pay. Be pleased to pay the money when collected to James Lyle of Manchester or order. One article I must entreat you to attend to, that is, the payment of clerk’s and sheriff’s tickets yourself, so as that no one of them may ever be presented to me; it being impossible that I should know which are, or are not paid by you. I presume you may get money in time to pay these demands or make arrangements with the clerks and sheriffs, so as that the collection may answer it’s own calls, and a clear account be rendered of the nett balance. I shall be glad to know at times how the collection goes on, but it is to Mr. James Lyle I would wish you to be most particular in giving information. Your fees you will of course take out of the proceeds of the collection. I am Sir Your very humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of first page: “Mr. Clarke”; erroneously endorsed later in ink by TJ: “Clarke Wm.” Enclosures not found.

Christopher Clark (1767–1828), a native of Albemarle County, was a Bedford County attorney who sat in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1790 and served parts of two terms as a Republican in the House of Representatives, 1804–06. TJ engaged him as an attorney again during a land dispute in 1810, and five years later Clark suggested that TJ measure the altitude of the Peaks of Otter and extended him hospitality at his estate, Mount Prospect, during two ensuing field trips (Biog. Dir. Cong.; 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 , 11 Apr. 1810, 19 Sep. and 12 Nov. 1815, and notes; Clark to TJ, 31 Aug. 1815).

Missing letters from Clark of 13 Sep. 1794 and 7 June 1796 are recorded in SJL as received 2 Dec. 1794 and 2 July 1796, respectively.

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