Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Lyle, 25 November 1795

To James Lyle

Monticello Nov. 25. 1795

Dear Sir

Mr. Lindsay Coleman called on me yesterday on the transaction which has been the subject of our two last letters. He says it was a matter of Mr. Wayles’s, and that the note in question was given by Mr. Eppes and myself as executors. I cannot recall to my mind one tittle of what he mentions, and the transaction not relating to my private affairs is the reason I made no entry in my books. I have written the inclosed letter to Mr. Eppes, which will explain to you that it is to be settled with him, and I wish you could write him a line, and inclose him a copy of the note, which may enable him to answer you on the subject.

Mr. R. Harvie and myself are endeavoring to unravel the disputed items which affect my bond to him. They are three.

1768. £25. cash from Kippen & Co. not credited by R.H.

1772. £19–4–4¾ entered in Walter Mousley’s name.

1775. Sep. 24. an order on R. Anderson for Donald, Scot & Co. for £70. not credited on my bond.

It is probable that the £25. will appear to be chargeable to me. The other two articles we think will still be found in the hands of Mousley, and Donald Scott & Co. However it is not yet settled. I am with great esteem Dear Sir Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. James Lyle”; endorsed in ink by TJ on verso. Enclosure: TJ to Francis Eppes, 25 Nov. 1795, recorded in SJL as written on the subject of “Coleman,” but not found.

A letter from Francis Eppes to TJ of 25 Nov. 1795, which according to SJL was received 2 Dec. 1795 and pertained to “Bevins’ exr.,” has not been found. SJL records eight other letters exchanged by TJ and Eppes between 25 Sep. 1794 and 6 Nov. 1795, all of which are missing. My bond to him: see Notes on the Account with Richard Harvie & Company, 22 July 1795.

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