Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Champe Carter, 27 January 1814

To William Champe Carter

Monticello Jan. 27. 14.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Dec. 22. came to hand on the 7th inst. I am duly sensible of the confidence you are so good as to repose in me in proposing that the question of boundary between Colo Monroe and mr Short should be left to my umpirage. but I could not trust myself with such a decision. for altho’ I feel great and sincere friendship for all the parties, and a perfect desire that what is right may be done between them, I have been too much the sole agent for one of them, not to be in danger of entertaining impressions formed on a contemplation of the rights and interests of one only which might prevent a just view of those of others, without my being sensible of it. I hope therefore to be excused from it. and indeed the whole question turning on what is ‘the run on the Eastern side of Dick’s plantation, and where is it’s source’ the probability is that you could satisfy yourself and all others were you on the spot, either by your own recollections, or by calling on those to whom you may know the matter to have been intimate. I must therefore again sollicit your aid in settling this question, and leave to yourself entirely the choice of any time between this & the middle of April, till which time I shall be constantly at home & ready to attend you at a moment’s warning. Colo Monroe however would need notice. the arrangement between you & him, that you shall refund the money you recieved and interest, if there has been a mistake, is exactly what is just; and as it amounts to an agreement that mr Short’s line shall stand as marked, it seems to leave him & mr Higginbotham the purchaser, without further interest in the question, in which case we should give you no further trouble about it, & leave it to Colo Monroe & yourself to be settled between you at your leisure. a line from yourself & from Colo Monroe to this amount, would be the most acceptable termination of the difficulty with all parties, and just as between yourselves. should this or any other business bring you into this neighborhood I repeat the assurance of the pleasure it would give me to see you here, & add that of my great respect and esteem.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Old South Association, on deposit MBAt); damaged, with missing text supplied from PoC; addressed: “William Champe Carter esq. near Culpeper C. H. recommended to the care of Capt Shackleford”; franked; endorsed by Carter. PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

TJ had served as William Short’s sole agent in the negotiations leading up to the sale of Indian Camp to David Higginbotham in 1813. the run on the eastern side of dick’s plantation, and where is it’s source quotes from Carter’s 20 Sept. 1793 indenture of sale to James Monroe of 1,000 acres adjoining Indian Camp (Albemarle Co. Deed Book, 11:163–5). Dick’s Plantation was a portion of the Indian Camp Quarter tract (note to TJ to Carter, 16 Jan. 1813).

Index Entries

  • Carter, William Champe; and Highland–Indian Camp boundary dispute search
  • Carter, William Champe; and W. Short’s land search
  • Carter, William Champe; letters to search
  • Carter, William Champe; sells land to J. Monroe search
  • Higginbotham, David; and Highland–Indian Camp boundary dispute search
  • Higginbotham, David; and W. Short’s land search
  • Highland (J. Monroe’s Albemarle Co. estate); boundary dispute search
  • Indian Camp (W. Short’s Albemarle Co. estate); boundary dispute search
  • Indian Camp (W. Short’s Albemarle Co. estate); TJ tries to sell for W. Short search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and Highland–Indian Camp boundary dispute search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and W. Short’s property search
  • Monroe, James; and Highland–Indian Camp boundary dispute search
  • Monroe, James; and W. Short’s land search
  • Shackelford, Benjamin; forwards correspondence for TJ search
  • Short, William; and Indian Camp search