Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Richard Richardson, 8 January 1801

To Richard Richardson

Washington Jan. 8. 1801.


I recieved a few days ago your letter of Dec. 22. and on the 5th. inst. I wrote to mr Jefferson, and now inclose you an order on him for 550.16 D say £165–1. to be applied as follows.

for Henry Duke for { Simon £21–10
Stepney  20–10
  Edmd. Goodwin admr.
    of Dickeson’s estate
{ John  16–16
Isaac  16– 1
  the widow Duke for Mat  20– 0
  Hendrick’s estate for Moses  20– 0
  yourself for Joe  19– 0
  do. on account  31– 4
165– 1 = 550.16 D
the last sum was intended to have been £30. exact as you desired: but a mistake in addition made me state £165–1 to mr Jefferson so that your part became £31–4 to be credited in our account. I do not recollect whether I was to pay you or not for mr Duke. so you can either recieve & pay him the £42. or give him an order for it on mr Jefferson. as it is hasardous to send money by the post, I procured an exchange of money here with a person who was to recieve money there. tho I believe there is no doubt of it’s being paid on demand, yet I have desired mr Jefferson if there is any delay to let me know by return of post, and I will instantly send [on] bank bills to him. this would occasion a delay of 10. days, which however I am confident will not be necessary. I am very sorry indeed to hear of so poor a chance for hiring laborers. it will be a serious embarrasment to me. I am in hopes you will have been able to procure me some. I have not yet heard of Powell’s going up to stay: but have written to mr Eppes to press him off. I am not yet able to give you information as to Journey work here. I am Sir

Your humble servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (R. M. Smythe & Co., New York City, 2002); torn at folds; with word in brackets supplied from PrC. PrC (MHi); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

To be applied as follows: TJ recorded the same information in his financial accounts on 7 Jan. (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 , 2:1032–3). For TJ’s letter to John Wayles Eppes, see 23 Dec. 1800.

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