Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Coalter, 8 October 1801

To John Coalter

Washington Oct. 8. 1801.

Dear Sir

I have recieved your favor of Sep. 25. informing me you have obtained a judgment against mr Clarke on my behalf. this I presume is a lien on his moveable property and renders me secure, if there be not others on similiar ground beyond the amount of that property. I therefore do not wish to distress mr Clarke, or by prematurely pressing the sale of his property to lessen his resources. I will leave it with yourself, who are on the spot, to give mr Clarke all the time which may be of service to him, & to await any reasonable prospect he may have of raising the money in any way most accomodating to himself, and consistent with the ultimate security of the debt.

Accept assurances of my friendly esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Coalter”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Coalter’s favor of 25 Sep., recorded in SJL as received from Staunton on 6 Oct., has not been found. In July, Coalter wrote TJ that he thought he would receive a judgment against Samuel Clarke during the court’s August term. Clarke owed TJ almost £100 for nails (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 , 2:939; Coalter to TJ, 3 July).

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