Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Martin Dawson, 22 October 1815, with Jesse Abell’s Receipt, 23 October 1815

To Martin Dawson, with Jesse Abell’s Receipt

Monticello Oct. 22. 15.

Dear Sir

I have bought a mule of the bearer mr Jesse Abell for eighty Dollars, and not having the money by me, I ask the favor of you to pay it for me, and it shall be repaid in cash in the course of the week, or by an order on Gibson & Jefferson at your choice which will oblige your humble servant

Th: Jefferson

P.S. should mr Dawson be from home I ask the same favor of mr Watson, and will call on him in a day or two & replace the money


Milton October 23rd 1815 Recieved of Watson & Dawson eighty dollars in full for above mule

Jesse Abell

James Wood

RC (MHi); in TJ’s hand, with receipt, on address leaf, in Wood’s hand, signed by Abell and Wood; addressed: “Mr Dawson Milton”; endorsed by TJ: “Abell Jesse.” Not recorded in SJL.

On this date TJ recorded buying a four-year-old mule from Jesse Abell, of Kentucky, the funds for which he repaid to Watson & Dawson three days later (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 , 2:1315).

Index Entries

  • Abell, Jesse; sells TJ a mule search
  • Dawson, Martin; letters to search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • mules; TJ purchases search
  • Watson & Dawson (Milton firm); payments made for TJ search
  • Wood, James (clerk); clerk for Watson & Dawson search