To Archibald Stuart
Monticello Dec. 2. 1794.
My Dear Sir
I now place in the hands of Colo. Bell in Charlottesville fifty dollars to be forwarded to you, and have to ask the favor of you to purchase me sheep to that amount. The moment you notify me that they are ready, I will send off for them, so as to receive them from the seller, and not give you so much trouble with them as you had with the last purchase. Perhaps I may at the same time send a further sum, for a further purchase. But of this I am not sure, and therefore can only ask you to have your eye on a score more.—I am in the moment of the departure of the post, and therefore have only time to add assurances of the sincere esteem of Dear Sir Your affectionate friend & servt.
RC (ViHi); addressed: “Archibald Stuart esq. Attorney at Law Staunton”; stamped. PrC (MHi); endorsed in ink by TJ. Recorded in SJL under 27 Nov. 1794 with following entry listed as 9 Dec. 1794.
TJ paid Thomas Bell the fifty dollars a day later (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 , 3 Dec. 1794).