Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Henry Skipwith, 15 November 1810

To Henry Skipwith

Monticello Nov. 15. 10.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Oct. 22. has been a fortnight in my hands during which time I have been able to search exactly into the transaction it refers to. the late John Bannister the younger was indebted to me between three & four thousand livres lent him, or paid for him in Paris. on my return to America after his death I applied to the late mr John Dunbar for paiment; and on his assuming it, I gave an order on him in favor of Dobson, towards paying my first bond for mr Wayles’s debt to F. & J. assigned to him. on the 1st day of January 1791. I find that mr Dunbar paid one hundred pounds Virginia currency to mr Dobson on my account; after which the further settlement of the debt came to the hands of mr Patrick White who finally discharged it. this letter being intended as a voucher for the paiment by mr Dunbar, I add no more than my assurances of my constant esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Colo Henry Skipwith”; endorsed by TJ.

London merchant John dobson had been assigned a portion of the debt to Farell & Jones that TJ inherited from John Wayles’s estate (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 32 vols. description ends , 30:317n).

Index Entries

  • Banister, John, Jr. search
  • Dobson, John search
  • Dunbar, John search
  • Farell & Jones (British firm); J. Wayles’s account with search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; payments to Farell & Jones search
  • Skipwith, Henry (TJ’s brother-in-law); and J. Banister’s estate search
  • Skipwith, Henry (TJ’s brother-in-law); letters to search
  • Wayles, John (TJ’s father-in-law); and Farell & Jones search
  • White, Patrick search