Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Bushrod Washington, 2 November 1795

From Bushrod Washington

Richmond Nov. 2. 95

Dear Sir

I wish I could give you the satisfaction you wish as to the time when your case will be finally decided. We must proceed regularly and there is no rule by which to guess when the case will come on in its turn which it must do if defended with a view to delay.

I can only say that I shall use diligence in pushing it forward, and shall try by a motion out of turn to get it sooner decided. This is sometimes done and not often opposed. Of the steps I take you shall be immediately apprised.

I have given a rule for a Bill in Bank’s suit against you and shall dismiss it at the next rule day if it be not filed.

Excuse this small piece of paper. I never discovered until I had set down to write, that I had no more, and have not time now to send for a supply as your messenger is impatient. I am very respectfully Dear Sir Yr mo ob. Serv

Bushd: Washington

RC (MHi); addressed: “Thos. Jefferson Esq Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 12 Oct. 1795, but correctly recorded in SJL as received 12 Nov. 1795.

Your case: see TJ to Washington, 23 Sep. 1795.

SJL records letters from TJ to Washington of 5 Nov. on “F. & J’s suit,” 13 Nov. on “Cary’s exr.,” 25 Nov. 1795 on “v. Henderson. Cary’s exr.,” and 13 Mch. 1796, as well as letters from Washington to TJ of 21 Nov. and 5 Dec. 1795, received on 24 Nov. and 9 Dec. 1795, respectively, none of which has been found.

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