To Christopher Clark
Monticello Sep. 10. 1802.
About 9. or 10. years ago I put into the hands of mr Lyle of Manchester some bonds toward paiment of a debt I owed, part of which I understand he remitted to you for collection. my attention being lately called to this subject, it appears so far as respects your portion of the collection to stand thus.
|bonds delivd to mr Clarke|
|payable 1793.||Dec. 14.||[Milliner] Miller & Miller||121-7-6|
|[Perrow] Clarke & Clarke||-10-0|
|Branch & [three] Minors||40--6|
|Clarke & Clarke||[55-15]-0|
|Hawkins, Perrow & Dillon||41-16-0|
|[pay]able 1794.||Dec. 14.||[Milliner] & Millers £-7-6|
|[do. to Th:J & by] [. . .] 72-8-||4-18-10|
|[Perrow] Clarke & Clarke||20-10-0|
|Branch & three Minors||[40-12-6]|
|Credits by mr Lyle as paid by mr Clarke|
|1798.||May 15||[. . .]|
As these bonds bore interest from the periods above stated, and where suits were brought, costs would be recovered, I suppose they must yield their principal and interest without any other deduction than your commision, unless there was any insolvency. calculating the two sums of £280-[1–0 with intt. from] 1793. Dec. 14. [. . .] and 110-[1–4] with int. from 1794. Dec. 14 and giving credits by the paiments above stated, at their [. . .] dates, I should conclude, after deducting your commission on those paiments that there must be between 50. & 60. £ with interest from 1798 [May?] 18. [still] uncollected. [but what] losses or other accidents may have diminished this balance I cannot judge. the object of this letter is to ask the favor of you to inf[orm me] of the state of the collection, and whether & when any further [remittance be] expected from it & the business be finally closed. [. . .] remaining [. . .] to be paid to mr Lyle, altho the information is asked for myself to guide [. . .] [with him]. Accept assurances of my esteem & respect.
PrC (MHi); faint; arranged by TJ with the credits column to the right of the column with bonds delivered to Clark; at foot of text: “Mr. Christopher Clarke”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
Correctly deducting £72.8.8 from £120.7.6 would have actually left a sum of £47.18.10, payable by Milliner and the MILLERS as of 14 Dec. 1794. In a letter of that day to James Lyle, agent of one of his major creditors, TJ had calculated the sum as £49.18.10 (Vol. 28:218).