Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John McDowell, 22 October 1798

To John McDowell

Monticello Oct. 22. 98.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Sep. 27. was duly recieved, and having [now] to make a paiment, I send the bearer, Jupiter, a trusty servant express, to recieve and bring any sum you may have in readiness for me. be so good as to let it be in hard cash, as no […] is recieved here. I will hereafter ask of you only quarterly settlements & paiments if you please, fixing them in the months of March, June, Septemb. & December, because these falling in with our docket & district courts give a chance of conveying the money without my sending express for it. the manager of my nailery has been sick upwards of a month, & is but just getting about. this has occasioned less work to be done, and not well enough done to trust it to a distant market, where the cause not being known to be temporary might give a permanent discredit to our work. as soon as he can attend to business you shall be furnished with the kinds of nails you desire. I am Sir

Your most obedt. servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. John Mc. Dowell”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Manager of my nailery: on 25 Nov. TJ paid Sam, a black doctor, $ 10 for his care of the slave known as smith George or Little George (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 , 2:992).

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