Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Wilson Cary Nicholas, 30 October 1801

From Wilson Cary Nicholas

Warren Octr. 30th. 1801

Dear Sir

I have delivered your letter to Griffin, who has been to see your estate since you left Albemarle, from his account of Clarke’s management, I am confident that you will be very much benefited by the change of men; you may expect an increase of crops and a great improvement of your estate, but to effect this you must allow Griffin two years.

It gives me great pleasure to hear that there is a probability of an accommodation of some of the points in dispute between England and this country, for I do not believe that any event wou’d produce more mischievous, consequences to the U.S. than a rupture with G.B. either in a political or pecuniary point of view. I suppose the general expectation in this country will be, that compensation for spoliations ought to be secured by the same instrument that provides for satisfying their claims against the United States. As a Senator I will most willingly bear my proportion of the responsibility of taking the French treaty with their understanding of it; indeed I consider the public welfare, as so much dependant upon your popularity that it wou’d give me very great concern to see it put to hazard upon any, but the most important occasions

I am Dear Sir your Humble Servant

Wilson C Nicholas

The inclosed letter is from a very respectable young man, who is a Senator in the State Legislature, for the district of Montgomery &c. I know the Gentn. who is in office, he is a man of great respectty. and I believe a good officer—his wife who is J. Preston’s sister is as firm a democrat as any in the U.S.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 9 Nov. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found, but see below.

Letter to Griffin: see enclosure listed at TJ to Nicholas, 25 Oct.

James P. Preston was the respectable young man who applied for the position of inspector of the revenue for the sixth survey of the Virginia district (Preston to TJ, 29 Sep.). Gentn. who is in Office: James McDowell held that position. He was married to Sarah Preston (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:208; ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1832–61, 38 vols. description ends , Miscellaneous, 1:284; Robert Sobel and John Raimo, eds., Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978, 4 vols. [Westport, Conn., 1978], 4:1632, 1641).

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