Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Jefferson, 17 June 1801

From George Jefferson

Richmond 17th. June 1801

Dear Sir

William Stewart having to day called on me on his way to Monticello, I advanced him $:40—on his shewing me a letter from you in which he is referred to us.

I am apprehensive that you employed him on a very slight acquaintance—or else on a recommendation in which you placed too much reliance.

He was with me twice to day (once in the morning) and was either much intoxicated, or is actually a mad-man.

I do not know in what capacity he is going to Monticello, although I ask’d him; for he gave me such incoherent answers, that I could not understand him.

If he is to have any thing under his direction I think it will be well for you to be on your guard & give directions accordingly.

He has concluded not to bring on his family he says until he sees you.

I am Dear Sir Your Very humble servt.

Geo. Jefferson

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson esqr.”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 June and “Stewart” and so recorded in SJL.

Letter from You: according to SJL, TJ wrote William Stewart on 11 May (now missing). For a description of Stewart’s work at Monticello, see note to James Traquair to TJ, 12 May.

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