Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Champe Carter, 19 January 1813

To William Champe Carter

Monticello Jan. 19. 13.

Dear Sir

The inclosed letter will sufficiently explain it’s object. the messenger whom I sent with it to your house was sent back with it from Culpeper C.H. by Captn Shackelford with information that you were in Richmond. I therefore commit it to the post with a request to you, if you should be in Richmond on Monday sennight Feb. 1.1 (Henrico court day) or on Monday fortnight Feb. 8.2 (the city court day) that you will be so good as to acknolege the deed inclosed, and return it to me with the proper certificate lest delay should excite danger to mr Short’s sale of the land. I repeat with pleasure the assurances of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “W. Champe Carter esq.”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Carter, 16 Jan. 1813, and enclosure.

James Hern was the messenger TJ sent to Culpeper County with $2 for traveling expenses on 16 Jan. 1813. He came back to Monticello two days later with $1.375 in change (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 , 2:1285, 1286).

1Preceding two words interlined.

2Preceding two words added in margin.

Index Entries

  • Carter, William Champe; and W. Short’s land search
  • Carter, William Champe; letters to search
  • Hern, James (TJ’s slave; b.1776); carries letters for TJ search
  • Indian Camp (W. Short’s Albemarle Co. estate); TJ tries to sell for W. Short search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and W. Short’s property search
  • Shackelford, Benjamin; forwards correspondence for TJ search
  • Short, William; and Indian Camp search