Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Wythe, 18 April 1795

To George Wythe

Monticello Apr. 18. 95.

Th: Jefferson to G: Wythe

I thank you sincerely for your book. I shall read it with great pleasure and profit, and I needed something the reading of which would refresh my law-memory.

My collection of acts of assembly are in a very chaotic state, insomuch that I have not had the courage to attempt to arrange them since my return home. As soon as this is done, I shall send the printed acts to be bound in Richmond after which it will be more easy to consult them, and probably I may be able to engage some young man in Charlottesville to copy acts for those who need them, for hire. I have no body living with me who could do it, and I am become too lazy, with the pen, and too much attached to the plough to do it myself. I live on my horse from an early breakfast to a late dinner, and very often after that till dark. This occasions me to be in great arrears in my pen-work. Adieu with sincere affection.

PrC (DLC).

Your book: Wythe’s Decisions of Cases in Virginia, By The High Court of Chancery, With Remarks upon Decrees By The Court of Appeals, Reversing some of those Decisions (Richmond, 1795). See Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 1759.

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