Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Peter Lyons, 18 December 1801

To Peter Lyons

Washington Dec. 18. 1801.

Dear Sir

I yesterday recieved your favor of the 10th. covering the Voucher I had asked. I have this morning written to mr Eppes, the acting exr of mr Wayles (for I have never meddled since 1773.) who is in possession of all his papers, that you had noticed a balance due to you on the face of your account of which I inclosed you a copy. whether mr Wayles had any counter-claims I know not. mr Eppes will examine into it & do what is right: and if he meets with any difficulty, I shall be with him in the spring, somewhere on a settlement with mr Skelton’s representatives, when all mr Wayles’s books & papers will be with us, and will then see to the examination of it. Accept my assurances of sincere & respectful esteem.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Peter Lyons esq.”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Your Favor of the 10th.: recorded in SJL as received 17 Dec. from Studley, Virginia, but not found.

I have this Morning Written to Mr Eppes: TJ to Francis Eppes, 18 Dec., recorded in SJL, has not been found. John Wayles, TJ’s father-in-law, died in 1773 (Vol. 1:96n).

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