Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Monroe, 16 December 1800

From James Monroe

Richmond 16. Decr. 1800.

Dear Sir

We are yet ignorant of the issue of the election that is, whether you are a head of the secondary object. It is believed that every other point is settled. On this however it is best to say but little by post. I shod. not perhaps write you by it, were it not to inquire whether you have seen Craven or heard of him, and what dependance you think I may put in Darrelle as a purchaser of my land above Charlottesville. I wait yr. answer, on rect. of which I immediately sit out for Albemarle to make some disposition of that tract, by lease if not by sale. Genl. Davie called but sd. nothing of his treaty. What think you of the probable price of tobo. &ca. Do you think my land wod. be an object worthy advertising at the federal town, in Lancaster & York town, specifying the price I wod. take for it. We are tolerably well & all desire to be affecy. remembered to you. Sincerely I am yr. friend & servt

Jas. Monroe

If you wish I will send you a copy of my communication respecting the conspiracy of the Slaves.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 19 Dec. and so recorded in SJL.

Communication: on 5 Dec. Monroe reported to the Virginia General Assembly on the steps taken against the slave revolt when the legislature was not in session (Journal of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Begun and Held at the Capitol in the City of Richmond, on Monday the First Day of December, One Thousand Eight Hundred [Richmond, 1801], 11–13; Monroe, Writings description begins Stanislaus Murray Hamilton, ed., The Writings of James Monroe, New York, 1898–1903, 7 vols. description ends , 3:234–43).

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