From Richard Stith
Campbell County, June 20th. 1796
The change of Registers and the frequent alterations and additions enacted in our Sessions of Assembly, I believe puzzles the Surveyors of Land to keep up—as we have not right by Law, to a Book of each Session, I remained ignorant of part of my duty—now, I hope that these works have every Requisite attending them.
I have wrote the above lines lest I shou’d lose your opinion of me as a Man of business: which good opinion, Sir, I am very unwilling to lose. Am Sir your affectionate hble Servant
I woudnt weary you with reading a long letter of my writing.
RC (ViU: McGregor Library); addressed: “Honble. Thomas Jefferson upon Parnassus I mean Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 July 1796 and so recorded in SJL.