Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Aaron Burr, 20 May 1798

To Aaron Burr

Philadelphia May 20. 98.

Dear Sir

When I had the pleasure of seeing you here, I spoke to you on the case of a friend of mine, Dr. James Currie of Richmond [in Virginia] and asked the favor of you to proceed, in the way then spoken of, [to] recover against Robert Morris, Dr Currie’s demand, the paper establishing which you had recieved. I have just recieved a letter from him wishing this matter to be pressed. I take the liberty therefore of repeating my request, and that you will be so good as to send to mr John Barnes, merchant South 3d. street, who is my agent here, a note of your own fee and of any costs which it may be necessary to advance and he will answer them now & from time to time on my account, whether I am here or not. I have not heard from mr Burwell: but I know it to be his wish to have the same proceedings as shall be pursued for Dr. Currie. mr Barnes is his agent in his money matters at this place, so that his costs you will be so good as to note separately to him. his name is Lewis Burwell. he is also of Richmond.

This being merely a letter of business I shall only add assurances of the esteem & respect with which I am Dr. Sir Your most obedt. & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); faint; at foot of text: “Colo. Burr”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

TJ hoped that Burr might be able to obtain judgments against property that Robert Morris owned in New York State (Kline, Burr description begins Mary-Jo Kline, ed., Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr, Princeton, 1983, 2 vols. description ends , I:358–9n). just recieved a letter from him: probably a letter from Currie, dated 13 May and received by TJ on the 20th, which is recorded in SJL but has not been found.

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