To William J. Stone
Monticello May 30. 12.
I have duly recieved your favor of the 4th and am sorry that I am totally unable to answer the questions you propose. after a lapse of between 30. and 40. years, during which I have been engaged in such a succession of scenes as occupied my mind for the time1 exclusively, leaving neither leisure nor occasion to look back and refresh my memory as to what had gone by, I retain not a trace of the circumstances which are the subject of your letter. I remember neither grant, nor paiment, nor contract respecting the lands in question. yet I should suppose the records of the council, or those of the Auditor or treasurer should throw some light on them if searched. but of this I know nothing, and can only express to you my regrets at this defect of memory, and the assurances of my respect.
PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr W. J. Stone”; endorsed by TJ.
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