Thomas Jefferson Papers

Chapman Johnson to Thomas Jefferson, 7 January 1817

From Chapman Johnson

Richmond 7. Jany1 1817.

Dear Sir,

I had the pleasure of receiving this morning, your letter, of the 26h Decr addressed to me, at Staunton, and the duplicate thereof, addressed to this place—

In your suit in chancery, with the Rivanna company you may count on my Services as counsel, and so, according to your request, you may expect me to appear for You as counsel, in any cause, in which You may be concerned, within the range of my practice, whenever such appearance shall not be inconsistent with engagements heretofore made by me. I believe you had not heretofore, bespoken my services, in the general manner in which you now request them. As well as I recollect, your former request related only to a controversy which you anticipated respecting a Tract of land to which mr Michie had some claim—

I shall remain in Richmond, during the Session of the Legislature,—till some time, in February, I expect,—and if you will forward your bill to me, at this place, within that time, I will give orders for issuing the proper process; and do what else you may desire.

Very respectfully Your most obedient set

C Johnson

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 12 Jan. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

For TJ’s former request for Johnson’s legal services, see Johnson to TJ, 10 June 1813, and note.

1Reworked from “Decr.”

Index Entries

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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; bill of complaint inJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Jefferson v. Michie; TJ’s counsel in search
  • Jefferson v. Rivanna Company; TJ’s bill of complaint in search
  • Jefferson v. Rivanna Company; TJ’s counsel in search
  • Johnson, Chapman; andJefferson v. Michie search
  • Johnson, Chapman; andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Johnson, Chapman; as Va. state senator search
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  • Michie, David; Jefferson v. Michie search
  • Virginia; General Assembly search