Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Martin to Thomas Jefferson, 15 January 1810

From James Martin

Jany 15th 1810

D sir

I have to inform you that I have closed the sale of your land with Mr Samuel J. Harrison of Lynchburg at £1200 pagt1 the 1st April and the other in two annuel Installments I think there is no doubt but those payments will be made pountually to the day, an he wishes you on making the first payment to make him a deed at the time Mr S. J Harrison is to give you good and approved security, I tryed him to make payment agreeable to your letter in the month of January but he said he could not but it would be certain on the first day of April Since the sale Samuel Scott has Sent a parsel of hands on the Land and is now cutting an destroying the timber at a Most dredful rate and say he means to keep full possession, Mr Griffin and myself gave him Notice that if he did not go of it would be at his rask Mr Harrison wishes you to git him off the land immidiately & we wish you to write up without delay what steps we shall take or perhaps you could do much in the business if you could possibly come up yourself we shall wait your Instructions

from your most obedient

James Martin

RC (MHi); dateline below signature; endorsed by TJ as received 30 Jan. 1810 and so recorded in SJL; evidently unrelated notes in TJ’s hand at foot of text:

126.67 Richd G. Martin
abt 20 Cwt oats 3./. 2. mo.”

TJ received the first payment of £400 for the 474-acre tract on 7 Apr. 1810. He prepared a deed granting the land to Harrison in April 1810, but it was not formally recorded until February 1811 (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1254; TJ to Christopher Clark, 1 Apr. 1810; TJ to Samuel J. Harrison, 9 Apr. 1810, 13 Feb. 1811).

1Probably an abbreviation for “payment.”

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