To Samuel & James Leitch
Monticello Jan. 7. 12.
Messrs Saml & James Leitch
I intended to have seen you at court yesterday, but having no other call there, I concluded on second thoughts it would be easier to write a letter than ride half a dozen miles and wade in the mud of the court yard. your account should have been paid at some of my earlier epochs of recieving money, had it been sooner communicated to me. it shall be discharged in the course of the winter, after getting my crop to market, partly in money, partly perhaps by some intermediate supplies of nails. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect
PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.
A letter of 1 Jan. 1812 from the Leitch partnership, not found, is recorded in SJL as received from Charlottesville on 2 Jan. 1812. On 4 Mar. 1812 TJ paid $100 on his account with the firm (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1274).