Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, 9 January 1802

To Thomas Mann Randolph

Washington Jan. 9. 1802.

Dear Sir

My last letter from Edgehill was of the 6th. of Dec. I wrote you on the 1st. inst. the debate on the repeal of the last judiciary law was commenced in the Senate yesterday. it has also been touched on in the other house, where some members, generally sound, will have some qualms on this subject, because they are afraid to distinguish between a fraudulent use of the constitution, and a substantial & honest adherence to it.

Having occasion to inclose to mr Lilly 940. Dollars for debts payable in Albemarle, I have thought his letter would go safer under your cover; and as he cannot read, I will pray you to send for him and deliver the letter & money yourself, counting it to him, for which purpose I have left the letter open. my tender love to my dear Martha & the little ones, and affectionate esteem to yourself.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas M. Randolph”; endorsed by Randolph. Enclosure: TJ to Gabriel Lilly, 9 Jan. (recorded in SJL but not found).

Last Letter from Edgehill: Randolph’s letter of 6 Dec., recorded in SJL as received on the 9th, has not been found.

Debts Payable in Albemarle: TJ requested that Lilly pay $350 to Mr. Simmons for corn; $133.33 to Hancock Allen for the hire of Myntas and Ben and $63.33 to Abraham Johnson for the hire of Joshua, as agreed on 12 Apr. 1801, payable 1 Jan. 1802; and $316.67 and $76.67 to John and Reuben Perry, respectively, carpenters at Monticello (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 : 2:1000, 1023, 1037, 1063).

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