Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 14 July 1795

To Archibald Stuart

Monticello July 14. 1795.

Dear Sir

Having lately had an opportunity of examining our tax law in the new volume of laws lately published, I find lands whereof the taxes have not been paid for three years are liable to have a warrant located on them by any person whatever, without notice to the owner. I am therefore become really uneasy about my Natural bridge tract, and the more so as I have no information from the Commissioner to whom I wrote on the subject. My letter may be the means of setting somebody on the attempt to locate the lands. I must therefore my dear Sir trouble you to get some friend to tender the last three years taxes to the proper person, or to do it for me yourself, and to take a reciept or if refused, an acknolegement of the tender in writing, and also to see that the Commissioners have placed the lands in the land roll if they had got off of it. Surely my letter will be considered as an enlistment of the land. I am with sincere affection Dear Sir Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Archibd. Stuart esq.”; endorsed by TJ in ink.

Tax law in the new volume: “An Act prescribing the Mode of ascertaining the Taxable Property within the Commonwealth, and of collecting the Public Revenue,” passed 13 Dec. 1792 and printed in the 1794 edition of A Collection of All Such Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia, of a Public and Permanent Nature, as are Now in Force; With a Table of the Principal Matters. [To] Which are Prefixed the Declaration of Rights, and Constitution, or Form of Government. Published Pursuant to an Act of the General Assembly … Passed on [28 Dec. 1792] (Richmond, 1794), 141. 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. 1862.

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