Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Jones & Howell, 1 May 1811

To Jones & Howell

Monticello May 1. 11.

Messrs Jones & Howell

I have recieved your favor of the 15th. you are right as to my omission of the supply of iron in 1810. I must explain this for my own justification. when I sat down to make a statement, by memory, of the paiments to which my produce now getting to market was to be applied, I noted your debt as about 600.D. which was the general impression of it on my mind. turning afterwards to our letters, to state the sum exactly, I found, among my unsettled papers, mine of Apr. 6. & Sep. 6. asking supplies of iron, & yours of May 2. & Sep. 21. accompanying them, & no others. to these therefore I applied the credits; & altho’ my mind misgave me on observing the result, yet, not retaining in it the particular supplies, I stated the account as appeared right from these papers. your letter of the 15th Ult. satisfied me at once that some papers must have got out of their proper place, and accordingly after many researches I found mine of 1810. Apr. 7. & yours of Apr. 16. & May 12. these accord perfectly with your last, & the sum of 311.93 D, with interest shall accordingly be remitted you as soon as I can realize my produce now at, & on it’s way to market. Accept the assurances of my esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.

Jones & Howell’s favor of the 15th, not found, is recorded in SJL as received from Philadelphia on 21 Apr. 1811. The four letters in TJ’s unsettled papers were all written in 1809.

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