Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Harvie to Thomas Jefferson, 27 April 1810

From John Harvie

Rockingham April 27th 1810

My Dear Sir

My excursion to the westward being somewhat hastened by the prospect of comrades and being on the point of starting I take the liberty of requesting you to inform my friend Mr Geo Gilmer who will hand you this letter whether the deed of relinquishment to the four hundred and ninety acre entry has been made and acknowledged on your part. He is authorised in that event to hand you an order on my tenant Mr John Rogers for the sum of Three hundred and fifty dollars payable on or before the first July ensueing which sum I suppose will be somewhat about the amount of the first instalment coming to you Never having heard whether the relinquishment had been made and having protracted the valuation of the things conceded to Mr Taylor down to this time1 I am under the necessity to persevereing in that protraction untill my return from abroad. This I trust will not be disagreeable to you as it is accompanied with a provision for the faithful payment of the first installment and as this letter is a full assumption of the debt after it is liquidated according to the terms of our agreement. The failure in making2 this liquidation has been oweing to the remoteness of our respective residences from each other and the few opportunities of personal communication that we have had. It is desirable that I should be present whenever the valuation is made and you I presume feel satisfyed of my dispositions to comply strictly with the engagement entered into between us. Under this impression I have had no hesitation in leaving the state without coming to a final adjustment Nor do I believe that you would require me to forego the prospect of company merely to ride over and settle an affair which can remain open a few months longer without any possible inconvenience to either party

Yrs respectfully

John Harvie

RC (MHi); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Albemarle County”; endorsed by TJ as received 14 May 1810 and so recorded in SJL.

1Preceding four words interlined.

2Preceding two words interlined in place of “of.”

Index Entries

  • Belmont tract; sale of search
  • Gilmer, George (d.1836); and J. Harvie’s payment search
  • Harvie, John (1783–1838); and sale of Belmont estate search
  • Harvie, John (1783–1838); letters from search
  • Harvie, John (1783–1838); TJ’s dispute with search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; dispute with J. Harvie search
  • Rogers, John (of Albemarle Co.); and TJ’s dispute with J. Harvie search
  • Southwest Mountain tract (Albemarle Co.); dispute over ownership search
  • Taylor, Thomas; purchases Belmont estate search