Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Bowling Clark, 12 December 1795

To Bowling Clark

Monticello Dec. 12. 95.

Dear Sir

I found it safest on the whole to take out new warrants and lay them on my 800. acres of land in Bedford, and 98. acres adjoining Tullas’s. I now inclose you the warrants with a letter to Mr. Stith, which will explain itself to you, and I leave it open for your perusal. I imagine he will hardly resurvey it, but give you a certificate of new date copied from the old one, only correcting the error in that.

Having got from him the certificate for the 98. acres it will be necessary to go with that and the small warrant to the surveyor of Campbell, and get a new certificate. I suppose he will copy the old one, giving it a new date, for it will hardly be worth while to resurvey, and the less movement there is in the matter the better. It will be best to let both surveyors know at once that we will pay them new fees, and do not desire to give them the trouble of actually resurveying as they can certainly trust to the old surveys. The bearer comes express on this business, and I should be glad if you can send me the new certificates by the people who come with the beeves &c. as I shall be uneasy till I get my patent. I inclose Mr. Stith’s certificate to facilitate to him the making out a new one. I am Dear Sir Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Bowling Clarke”; endorsed by TJ in ink. Enclosures: (1) TJ to Richard Stith, 12 Dec. 1795. (2) Richard Stith’s Certificate, 25 Oct. 1770, renewed 23 Dec. 1795, listed at TJ to Thomas Mann Randolph, 25 Nov. 1795. Other enclosures not found.

SJL records 11 letters between TJ and Clark from 28 Dec. 1794 to 19 Oct. 1795, none of which has been found. An additional 69 letters exchanged between 20 Dec. 1795 and 25 Oct. 1801 are recorded in SJL but missing.

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