Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Meade, 13 March 1800

To George Meade

Philadelphia Mar. 13. 1800.

Dear Sir

I should with great pleasure have accomodated you with the notes mentioned in your letter had it been in my power, and should have reposed entire confidence in your engagement to furnish their amount when necessary. but the course of our business in Virginia is this. the supplies of the year furnished by our merchant are to be paid out of the crop of the year. if he does not buy it, still it’s proceeds are engaged to him. the notes therefore on the sale of my tobo. go to my merchant, & he uses them for his own purposes. his indulgence is considered as sufficiently extended in allowing us to sell on good credit in order to get a good price. persuaded that you will see in this state of things that these notes1 are no otherwise in my power than as in trust for another, and entirely in his power, I conclude with assurances of respect & esteem from Dear Sir

Your most obedt. Servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU); addressed: “Mr. Meade Market street”; endorsed by Meade as “rec’ed the same day.”

Your letter: Meade’s communication of 13 Mch., recorded in SJL as received the same day, has not been found. A letter from TJ to Meade of 22 Feb. 1800 is also missing.

1Preceding three words interlined in place of “a sufficient.”

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