Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Maddox, 26 July 1803

To William Maddox

Monticello July 26. 1803

Sir

On the 26th. of March I wrote you a letter informing you that after our settlement of Sep. 7. making a balance due you of 254–7–11 I had paid an order of your’s in favor of John Craven for £16–8–9. that I went on remitting you money from time to time, and in taking an account at the last remittance, which was Feb. 8. 1803. I omitted to note this order of Craven’s, and remitted 98. D. which made up the sum of the £254–7–11 exclusive of Craven’s order, which escaped my eye in stating my paiments, so that I overpaid you £16–8–9. to this letter you have given me no answer. as I have not time to [multiply liberties?] on this subject, unless I recieve your answer and acknolegement of this debt before I leave this place, I shall be obliged to commit the matter to other hands to settle with you, which will involve you in useless expence. if you cannot immediately repay the money, I am in no [hurry] but send me your’s and mr Moran’s joint & several note for it. the matter admits no question. our account is settled & signed by you both and no credit in it for this £16–8–9 because it was not then paid. Price and Peyton [now?]1 Gibson & Jefferson’s books will prove I have paid you through them the whole balance settled between us, to wit £254–7–11 and Craven will prove I paid him the £16–8–9. Accept my [. . .] wishes

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. William Maddox”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

William Maddox was a stonemason who worked with Joseph Moran on Monticello’s nailery and L-shaped dependency wings. He later did masonry work at TJ’s mills at Shadwell and at the Monticello stable (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 , 2:1072n).

For the payment through john craven for £16–8–9, equivalent to $54.70½, see TJ to George Jefferson, 26 Mch.

On this day, TJ also wrote Joseph Moran, but the letter has not been found. Maddox responded to TJ in a letter of 6 Aug., recorded in SJL as received from Columbia, Virginia, on 12 Aug. but not found.

price and peyton: TJ recorded in his financial memoranda on 7 Sep. 1802, that as part of his settlement with Maddox and Moran he gave “my notes to Richard Price & John Peyton to pay each of them 50.D. in the 1st. week of Oct.” (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 , 2:1080).

1Preceding four words interlined.

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