Thomas Jefferson Papers

Meriwether Lewis: Promissory Note, 23 June 1803

Meriwether Lewis: Promissory Note

I promise to pay Thomas Jefferson his Heirs or Assigns, on demand, the sum of one hundred and three Dollars and ninety three Cents, for value recieved.—

June 23rd. 1803.  $.103.93

Meriwether Lewis.

MS (MHi); entirely in Lewis’s hand; endorsement and later notations by TJ on verso:

“Lewis Meriwether

 Note of hand

Note of hand  D
1803. June 23. 103.93 
1807. Aug. 1. 4 -1 -9  25.61
by disbursemts. for me.  21.50

In 1810, when TJ brought this debt to the attention of one of the executors of Lewis’s estate, he described it as “monies furnished” to Lewis “some time before he set out on his Western expedition” (RS description begins J. Jefferson Looney and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Princeton, 2004- , 9 vols. description ends , 2:294, 336).

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