Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Munroe, 20 September 1802

To Thomas Munroe

Monticello Sep. 20. 1802.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 17th is recieved. I think that while there is a prospect of getting better prices by postponing the sale of the lots, the public interest requires they should be postponed. to what time I leave to your own judgment, observing only that the law has fixed a limit beyond which we cannot postpone.

With respect to the paiment of your note to the Columbia bank I am in hopes no inconvenience may arise by my deferring to [. . .] up an opinion [on] it till I return. I shall leave this place this day sennight & be in Washington the fourth day. Accept my best wishes & salutations

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. Thomas Munroe.”

LAW HAS FIXED A LIMIT: the 1 May 1802 act of Congress required that the sale of lots in Washington take place prior to 1 Nov. 1802 (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States . . . 1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 2:176).

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