Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas S. McCleland to Thomas Jefferson, 1 April 1810

From Thomas S. McCleland

Lynchburg 1st day of April 1810

D: Sir

since I had the pleasure of seeing you, I have thought it would be better to proceed on your Warrant vs Scott on Friday next—it is probable Scott will Traverse the Force or plead possession for 3 years in bar of Restitution, in case the G. Jury find an Inquisition for the Commonwealth— If he do, & we take issue on either of those pleas the Justice must direct a new Jury to be returned for the trial thereof & it seems to be laid down as Law by some of the Books, particularly by Dalton & Hawkins that this Trial cannot be on the same day, but must be on some other—it is proper I should advise you of this change in our arrangement for trial in time, that no inconvenience may result therefrom to you—on saturday I expect the business will be closed—

Yours respectfully

Thomas S. McCleland

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); between dateline and salutation: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Apr., but recorded in SJL as received 1 Apr. 1810, with later date confirmed in Samuel J. Harrison to TJ, 3 Apr. 1810.

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  • Hawkins, William; on land litigation search
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