To William Alexander
Monticello July 26. 96.
The large and constant remittances of cash which I am obliged to make to Philadelphia for nailrod for the supply of my nailery, constrain me to expect short paiments for the nails I furnish. I have lately even found it necessary to require ready money instead of the three months credit I formerly gave. I have therefore taken the liberty of drawing on you for £16—10—3 the amount of the nails I furnished you last September in favor of Mr. Samuel Clarke merchant of Staunton.
Mr. Monroe mentioned to me your directions to him to pay me the proceeds of a suit he brought for you in this county. But the delays of the Law leave it in the power of a debtor to lead a chace of years by the help of appeals, injunctions, replevins &c. inconsistent with the necessities of regular business. I am with respect Sir Your most obedt. servt
1795. Sep. 29.
|£ s d|
|208. ℔ VIIId.||nails||@ 11 1/2d.||9–19–4|
|60. ℔ X.||@ 11d.||2–15–0|
|40. ℔ XVI.||@ 10d||1–13–4|
|50. ℔ XX.||@ 9 1/2d||1–19–7|
PrC (ViHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Wm. Alexander”; endorsed in ink by TJ on verso.
Paiments for the nails: in 1799 TJ received £13 on Alexander’s “old nail acct.” (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , ii, 1000).