To Archibald Stuart
Monticello July 20. 95.
I have recieved your favor of the 9th. It happened fortunately that I had preserved the original rough paper on which I had estimated the books separately which I had to dispose of. On that I find that the Modern entries, Burrows, Peere Williams, Salkeld and Strange were estimated at fifty dollars and twenty two cents. The same books cost me in England £18–5. sterling which is 81.D. 11c. besides the charges of importation. So that your brother I hope will have room to be content with his purchase.—Since my last to you, a further progress in looking over the new code has taught me that my land could not be lost for non paiment of taxes without notice to me, by a law of the last session. So that unless it had been taken before it is still safe. But as it is my wish not to avoid the contribution of taxes which it owes to the public, I will still thank you to pursue what I requested in my last. I am with great esteem Dear Sir Your affectte. friend & servt
PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Stuart.”
Stuart’s favor of 9 July 1795, recorded in SJL as received 16 July 1795, has not been found. A law of the last session: an amending act, passed 25 Dec. 1794, which clarified the statute TJ mentioned in his letter to Stuart of 14 July 1795 (Shepherd, Statutes description begins Samuel Shepherd, ed., The Statutes at Large of Virginia, from October Session 1792, to December Session 1806 …, Richmond, 1835–36, 3 vols. description ends , i, 305–6).