From Craven Peyton
Stumpisland 13th. Nov. 1802
In Answar to yours of 2d inst. I am happy to inform you the payments named is quite sufficient. in consequence of the friendly aid of my Attorney M. Stewart of Richmd. I have reciavd. sufficient time to enable me to make payment without makeing a sacrafice, which woud. of been more pleasing than for you, to of been put to Any inconvenience, although farthar time was what I had no conception of at the time I write you last. shoud. you wish me to engage some person for the next year to Occupy the House & cultivate the feald you will please Inclose the widows conveyance with James’ Obligation, which will be my authority to Act. John has no idea of the sale & will make use of every shift rathar then part with the proparty. I think the buiseness had bettar be still done in my Own name Untill the purchase can be made of Kee. As there is no person Undar the sun Acquainted with the sale to you there is no probability of Kee raising in price untill the purchase can be made which I am in hopes will be shortly. howevar Any commands shall be surely1 attended to.
With Real Respt. Yr. Mst Obt
RC (ViU); endorsed by TJ as received 19 Nov. and so recorded in SJL.
purchase can be made of kee: probably Joshua Key, one of the twelve children of Martin and Ann Key of Albemarle County. TJ’s financial memoranda for 18 Mch. 1803 regarding future land payments due indicated the possibility that Joshua Key’s land might be purchased (Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, Charlottesville, 1901 description ends , 245; 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 , 2:1094).
still done in my own name: for TJ’s earlier understanding with Peyton on the covert nature of the Henderson land transactions, see Vol. 33:18 and Vol. 35:343n.
1. MS: “shully.”