Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Austin, 20 October 1809

To John Austin

Richmond Oct. 20. 09.

Dear Sir

After congratulating you, which I do sincerely, on your continuance in life & good health, I have to add that I am at this place, engaged in the settlement of the accounts between mr Wayles & Bathurst Skelton’s estates. a considerable article of debet in the accounts of mr Wayles is for the rebuilding the Tobo house & quarters on the island after the great fresh. I think there is nobody now living but yourself who can prove that fact, and the Attorney for Skelton’s representatives has consented that your deposition shall be taken at mr Ladd’s office at any time tomorro[w] before the meeting of the court, say at 10. aclock. will you, my good Sir, be so kind as to come to town by that hour, and depose whatever you can recollect on that subject. now that I am here, I am very anxious to get this business finished, which can only be done by your doing us this favor. I salute you with great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

SC (MHi); margin torn; endorsed by TJ as a letter to “Austin John.”

John Austin was probably one of the men of that name living in Hanover County in 1810 (Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Index to the 1810 Census of Virginia [1980], 13).

Index Entries

  • Austin, John; and Gilliam v. Fleming search
  • Austin, John; letters to search
  • Gilliam v. Fleming; and settlement of accounts search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Richmond search
  • Ladd, Thomas; and Gilliam v. Fleming search
  • Skelton, Bathurst; and Gilliam v. Fleming search
  • Wayles, John (TJ’s father-in-law); and Gilliam v. Fleming search