To George Jefferson
Monticello Sep. 13. 1800.
Yours of the 8th. came to hand yesterday, and I this day wrote to mr Barnes in consequence. I am sorry to find that Henry Duke has drawn 300. D. from you, as his letter informs me. as he did not draw the money when lodged for him in May, [he was] according to agreement to give me 3. months notice. this makes no other odds than the increasing your advance [and it] would have been convenient for me to have paid him the 1st. week in October. the amount of the two draughts which I mentioned in my last in favor of our sheriffs, as far as I can see at present will be 300.93 D perhaps a little more.—perhaps it would be better hereafter that instead of sending you my draughts on mr Barnes I should desire him to send you his on his agent at Philadelphia, which would avoid the risk & embarrasment of bank notes. I am Dear Sir
PrC (MHi); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
A letter from Henry Duke of 6 Sep., recorded in SJL as received 11 Sep. 1800, has not been found. Letters from TJ to Duke of 17 Mch., 20 and 29 Aug. 1800, and a letter from Duke of 24 Aug. 1800, recorded in SJL as received from Hanover four days later, are also missing. For the money previously lodged for Duke, see TJ to George Jefferson, 7 June 1800. My last: see 5 Sep.