Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Paul Verdier, 9 October 1803

To Paul Verdier

Washington Oct. 9. 03.


I left at your house, the morning after I lodged there, a pistol in a locked case, which no doubt was found in your bar after my departure. I have written to desire either mr Randolph or mr Eppes to call on you for it, as they come on to Congress, to either of whom therefore be so good as to deliver it. Accept my salutations

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Verdier”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Paul Verdier (d. 1848) moved from Berkeley County, Virginia, to Orange County near the end of the 1790s. There, he purchased a large plot of land that included a tavern and became the leading figure in the establishment of the town of Orange (Richmond Enquirer, 11 Aug. 1848; Madison, Papers, Pres. Ser., 1:78-9).

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