Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Jefferson, 8 September 1802

From George Jefferson

Richmond 8th. Septr. 1802

Dear Sir

Having been requested by Mr. D. Carr to procure copies of some papers for you out of the office of the High Court of Chancery, I made immediate application for them, but was informed that they could not possibly be had sooner than tomorrow night. I directed them to be made out, and will look out for some private opportunity by which to send them; as, from Mr. C’s letter, I suppose that next post might probably be too late—should I however not sooner meet with an opportunity, they shall be then forwarded: as I imagine it is uncertain on what day of the Court the suit will come on. The Settees from Phila., & a Case & two small boxes from Geo. Town,1 have arrived, & shall be forwarded by the first safe opportunity.

I am Dear Sir Your Very humble servt.

Geo. Jefferson

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson esqr.”; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Sep. and so recorded in SJL.

Dabney CARR was one of the attorneys hired by TJ to prosecute a suit over his Pouncey’s tract land. In 1804, the Superior Court of CHANCERY in Richmond ruled in TJ’s favor (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 , 2:1003, 1106; Vol. 32:419n).

TJ had previously ordered through Thomas Claxton six SETTEES made in Philadelphia (Vol. 35:152–3, 204–5).

1Preceding two words, abbreviation, and comma interlined.

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