Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Carr, 12 November 1803

From Samuel Carr

Dunlora Novr. 12th. 1803

Dear Sir

Your favor of 24th. October came this day to hand, and I hasten to answer it immediately, but am afraid it will not come in time to answer any purpose. In the course of my conversations with Dr Baker upon the subject of your letter, I inferred from what passed that he would not dispose of him for life, but if he did, not less than four hundred dollars would be his price. The family at this place are all well, as they are also at Carrs brook & Edgehill. My mother and Nelly join me in wishing you welfare and happiness. With sentiments of esteem & affection

I remain Yr friend & sert

Samuel Carr

RC (ViU: Carr-Cary Papers); endorsed by TJ as received 20 Nov. and so recorded in SJL.

TJ did not record sending a favor to Carr on 24 Oct., and the letter has not been found. Presumably, TJ inquired about the possibility of purchasing John Freeman, an enslaved servant at the President’s House, from William baker. Carr and Baker were friends (Vol. 38:108n).

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