Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Beckley, 17 April 1798

To John Beckley

Philadelphia April 17th. 1798.

Dear Sir

You mention that Colo. John Trigg will accomodate you with the sum of three hundred & forty dollars or part of it on an assurance that it shall be replaced to him in Richmond or Lynchburg within two or three months from this time. I will undertake to have it replaced to him the first week in July in Richmond, if that will suit him, for which this letter shall be my obligation. I sincerely wish that this may answer both his & your accomodation, being with esteem Dear Sir

Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Beckley.”

You mention: SJL records a letter from Beckley to TJ of 17 Apr. 1798, that TJ received the same day, which has not been found. Serving as a security for Beckley, TJ gave John Trigg, congressman from Bedford County, Virginia, a note for $240 on 17 May, payable at Lynchburg on 7 July (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 , 2:983, 986, 988).

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