Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Philip Ludwell Grymes, 30 March 1802

To Philip Ludwell Grymes

Washington Mar. 30. 1802.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Feb. 25. has been duly recieved. my object in wishing to know when a guardian should be appointed to the orphans of the late mr Grymes your brother, was that I might know to whom it would be my duty to transmit an authentic copy of mrs Randolph’s will of which I was the depository. those orphans being the principal legatees, their guardian is the proper person to recieve this paper. I also send you a copy of a letter from mr Jennings, and another from mr Gourlay the executor, explanatory of the intentions of mrs Randolph. the bill on Govan for £100. sterl. for the immediate use of the children, I remitted to Messrs. Gibson & Jefferson to collect and pay as mr Edmund Randolph should direct. I think they informed me they paid the money to him. the draught on the executor for £200. I did not make; consequently it remains at your disposal. I shall immediately write to mr Gourlay informing him that I have turned over the papers to you. Accept assurances of my esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Vi: photostat); at foot of text: “Philip L. Grymes esq”; endorsed. PrC (MHi); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosures: (1) see enclosure described at letter above. (2) Robert Gourlay to TJ, 22 Feb. 1801. Other enclosure not found.

Grymes’s FAVOR OF 25 Feb., recorded in SJL as received from Brandon on 5 Mch. 1802, has not been found.

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