Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Nicholas Lewis, 30 October 1801

From Nicholas Lewis

Albemarle October 30th. 1801

Dear Sir

Received Yours of 16th of the present month by the last post, and am very sorry to inform You that I have so far forgot the terms of the Elk-hill sale that I can not with Certainty give You the information You wish. Neither can I find a paper in my possession to assist me in recollecting, but I well remember that the Bonds of that sale are very particularly Entered in Capt. Ballows Book of Accounts, raising a seperate acct for every Bond, a Copy of those entries I am Satisfied would be perfectly satisfactory & if Mr. Randolph has the means of Coming at that Account Book, I will1 send You on by the Next post Copy’s of the Entries of the two Bonds You have mentioned.—Capt. Ballow was at that time Your Steward & Acted as Clerke at that sale. I am Dear Sr. with great respect

Your Humble Servt

Nicholas Lewis

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 3 Nov. and so recorded in SJL.

Capt. Ballows Book of Accounts: Francis Eppes introduced Charles Ballow as the new steward in a letter to TJ at Paris dated 11 Apr. 1786 (Vol. 15:625–6).

1MS: “will will.”

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