Thomas Jefferson Papers

Harrison Dance to Thomas Jefferson, 10 July 1812

From Harrison Dance

Richmond July 10th 1812


I have inclosed you a copy of record in the case of Peyton against Henderson, you wrote that you had a copy of the bill, and wished the record to begin with the answer, but on examination I found the bill so short, that I thought it best to send you a compleat copy of the record.

Your’s &c

H, Dance

RC (MHi); addressed (torn): “Thomas [. . .]”; postmarked Richmond, 11 July; endorsed by TJ as received 15 July 1812, but recorded in SJL as received the following day. Enclosure: Virginia Court of Appeals, Court Record [1804–12] in Peyton v. Henderson, including the decision printed above at 7 Jan. 1812.

Harrison Dance (d. 1823) was clerk of Virginia’s highest tribunal, the Court of Appeals, from 1810 until shortly before his death (Vi: RG 100, Court of Appeals Order Book [6:388, 10:392]; Richmond Enquirer, 6 June 1823).

TJ wrote the “Clerk of Appeals” a 22 June 1812 letter, recorded in SJL but not found. SJL also records a missing letter from TJ to the Clerk of the General Court dated 24 June 1812.

Index Entries

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  • Henderson, John; and Peyton v. Henderson search
  • Henderson case; TJ’s role in search
  • Peyton, Craven; and Henderson case search
  • Peyton v. Henderson; and H. Dance search
  • Peyton v. Henderson; and J. Henderson search