Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Brown, 30 May 1795

To James Brown

Monticello May 30. 1795.

Dear Sir

I have this day delivered to Mr. Snelson two barrels of nails, which with those delivered him before for himself and Mr. Reeves, and some other credits completes as I expect the balance I owed you. I shall endeavor to see Mr. Snelson if possible before our post-day, in order to be able to state to you the sums placed in his hands, which I cannot do of my own knolege with accuracy, tho’ I know them within a small matter. In the mean time, as I had received no statement of interest from you, I have made out one myself on the justest principles I could, meaning it merely for my government in conjecturing when my balance should be completed, but su[bject to] your correction.—As soon as I get Mr. Snels[on’s accoun]t, I will make a statement of the credits making […] £154–4–9. I have to ask the favor of you to send the inclosed letter to Mr. Donald through some safe channel. I am with great esteem Dear Sir Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViHi); parts of three lines torn away; addressed: “James Brown esquire Mercht. Richmond”; stamped; endorsed by Brown. Enclosure: TJ to Alexander Donald, 30 May 1795.

A letter from TJ to Brown of 20 May 1795 is recorded in SJL but has not been found. According to SJL, Robert Snelson and TJ exchanged five letters between 7 Mch. 1795 and 18 Feb. 1797, all of which are missing.

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