Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Dabney Carr, 24 August 1814

To Dabney Carr

Monticello Aug. 24. 14.

Dear Sir

Mr Michie having flown from his agreement to take depositions by consent, in the questions between him and myself, I filed a bill against him to take them de bene esse, and to perpetuate them, which the court has decreed. among others I have taken out a commission for obtaining your deposition. this I now inclose and pray you to fill it with the names of justices who can attend at the time & place notified to the def. you know so much of the case as to be able to direct your own testimony to the proper point, to wit, his fraudulent concealment of his claim on the examination at which you were present. the deposition when taken and inclosed to the clerk had perhaps better come under cover to me for greater safety.

Your friends here are all well. your brothers suffered severely by the late flood, having lost most of their crops. Sam is indemnified by the amelioration of his land. Peter’s is bettered in some parts & injured in others. Peter Minor lost his entire crops, but with a vast improvemt to his grounds. these losses have not been confined to river sides. every creek & branch committed ravages of which they were thought incapable.

You recieve public news as early as we do. the late reinforcement in the Chesapeake, & the course it has taken puts us in fear for Washington. I have little doubt we shall have peace in the course of the year, but with a vast increase of hatred to the nation which to such aggravated causes of war has added so flagitious a course of pursuing it, by multiplying such private distresses as can have no effect on the event of the war, other than to prolong it, and envenom it’s course. ever affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViU: TJP-CC); at foot of text: “Dabney Carr esq.”; endorsed by TJ; unrelated notation by TJ on verso: “1813. Nov. 20. began on this ream.”Enclosure not found.

de bene esse: “in anticipation of a future need” (Black’s Law Dictionary description begins Bryan A. Garner and others, eds., Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th ed., 1999 description ends ).

Index Entries

  • Carr, Dabney (1773–1837) (TJ’s nephew); deposition in Jefferson v. Michie search
  • Carr, Dabney (1773–1837) (TJ’s nephew); letters to search
  • Carr, Peter (TJ’s nephew); crops of search
  • Carr, Samuel (TJ’s nephew); crops of search
  • Chesapeake Bay; British reinforcements sent to search
  • Great Britain; TJ on war with search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; dispute with D. Michie search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; peace with Great Britain search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; war with Great Britain search
  • Jefferson v. Michie; and depositions search
  • Michie, David; Jefferson v. Michie search
  • Minor, Peter; crops of search
  • paper; TJ records consumption of search
  • War of1812; TJ on search
  • Washington (D.C.); defenses of search
  • weather; effect on crops search
  • weather; floods search
  • weather; in Va. search