To James Lyle
Washington Jan. 13. 1801.
Your favor of the 3d. inst. is at hand. that also of Aug. 18 was recieved in September. I deferred answering it in expectation of recieving & remitting the paiment of the year, but the instalments for my tobacco were not paid up till I came here, at which time a new circumstance was coming on the preparatory expences of which obliged me to throw the paiment which should have been made to you (agreeably to my letter from Philadelphia) on a fund which was not to come in till April. I therefore now inclose you an order on Messrs. Gibson & Jefferson of Richmond for 1000. D. payable the 1st. week in April. this paiment shall be soon followed by an equal one, which I presume will enable me to settle and take in all the bonds but the last, which shall not be much longer out. on my return home I will compare your statement with my papers, and settle our matters so far. from the view I took of my affairs in 1797. I thought I could have paid off your debt by the end of 1800. it will run on a year beyond that time, or perhaps it may enter 1802. if any thing could [keep me easy?] under it your delicate forbearance would do it, and I deem it great good fortune that you have been spared to close the business with me. I am with unchangeable sentiments of esteem & affection Dear Sir
Your most obedt. servt
PrC (MHi); signature omitted in letterpressing; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure: Order to Gibson & Jefferson, same day, to pay James Lyle $1,000 during the first week of April “for value received”; recorded in TJ’s financial memoranda on 13 Jan. as payable to Lyle “agent of Kippen & co.” the first week in April “when the money for my tobo. of 99. becomes due” (PrC in same, signed by TJ, letterpressed to same sheet as enclosing letter; 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 , 2:1033).