Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Champe Carter, 3 August 1795

To William Champe Carter

Monticello Aug. 3. 95.

Dear Sir

I sometime ago received a letter from Mrs. Carter, in answer to mine, on the subject of the boundary between her and Mr. Short, wherein she says ‘I have no objection to the establishment of the line by which my son Champe has divided the land sold you, and those held by me, as I am fully persuaded that he would do nothing to affect my interest.’—Considering the boundary therefore as settled, I inclose you a draught on Philadelphia and letter of advice for 524.83 D. the balance due for the lands as you will percieve by the inclosed account. I will now prepare a deed of conveyance and ask the favor of you to have it executed by Mrs. Carter (your lady) and yourself and returned to me. I have for some time been on the lookout for an opportunity of notifying this to you, and even now I write the present without knowing how I shall convey it. Messrs. Eppes and Carr went from here to your neighborhood, but I did not know it till they were gone. I am with great esteem Dear Sir Your most obedt. servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC: William Short Papers); at foot of text: “W. Champe Carter. esq.” Enclosures: (1) TJ’s draft on John Barnes, 3 Aug. 1795, requesting him to pay $524.83 to Carter at six weeks’sight (PrC in MHi; at foot of text: “Mr. John Barnes Mercht. Philadelphia. South 3d. street”). (2) TJ’s letter of advice to Barnes of the same date, informing him of the draft (PrC in same). (3) William Champe Carter in Account with William Short, containing entries for 20 Apr.-3 Aug. 1795 showing TJ’s drafts on Barnes totaling $5224.83 in favor of Carter and Wilson Cary Nicholas for the purchase of 1,334 acres of land for Short at 23/6 Virginia currency (PrC in DLC: Short Papers; entirely in TJ’s hand; endorsed in ink by TJ).

Letter from Mrs. Carter: Sarah Champe Carter to TJ, 30 June 1795.

A letter from TJ to William Champe Carter of 20 Nov. 1795 is recorded in SJL but has not been found.

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