Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Christoph Süverman, 23 September 1810

To John Christoph Süverman

Monticello Sep. 23. 10.


Your letters of May 5. & Aug. 8. were both recieved, and I wrote to Capt William Meriwether, one of the executors of Governor Lewis, forwarding your account to him, and solliciting his attention to it. he took time to consult General Clarke the other executor, who you know is at a great distance— I have lately recieved Capt Meriwether’s answer, which is that he does not meddle with the administration of Governor Lewis’s estate, General Clarke having undertaken that solely; and that Genl Clarke informs him that there was but a small balance due from Govr Lewis to Pearney, which was more than paid by a horse which Pearney brought on and never accounted for. I think therefore you had better write to Genl Clarke yourself recommending your case to him, as if Pearney had any thing in Govr Lewis’s hands, your demand for nursing & funeral expences is entitled to a preference over all other demands.

my best wishes attend you in this & every other pursuit.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Christopher Suverman”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Clark (Clarke), William; as M. Lewis’s executor search
  • Lewis, Meriwether; executor of search
  • Lewis, Meriwether; J. Pernier’s claim against estate of search
  • Meriwether, William Douglas; as M. Lewis’s executor search
  • Pernier (Purney), John; account with M. Lewis search
  • Süverman, John Christoph; and J. Pernier search
  • Süverman, John Christoph; letters to search