Thomas Jefferson Papers

John H. Peyton to Thomas Jefferson, 14 February 1817

From John H. Peyton

Staunton Feby 14th 1817

Dr Sir

Your letter post marked the 8th of Feby did not arrive here till last evening which will account to you for the delay in my reply.—I hasten now, to comply with your request by enclosing a Spa in chy1 vs the directors of the Rivanna company—As you appear to be anxious that this Spa Should be immediately served I have caused it to be directed to the Sheriff of Albemarle to be executed.—Such execution will be equally valid as tho’ it had been served by the Marshall—Our Marshall owing to other pressing engagements could not attend to this business as soon as you wished—It will give me pleasure to serve you professionally in obtaining the object you have in view by this Suit, & to be associated with Mr Johnson is every way agreeable to me—

As you are much better acquainted with the history of your own case & the gradual encroachments which this company have made upon you than either of your counsel we should be much gratified with your notes upon this Subject either thrown into the form of a bill in equity, or otherwise—

I am with the sincerest respect

Yr obt Hble Sert

John H. Peyton

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 19 Feb. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Joel Yancey, 19 Mar. 1817, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr late President of the U States Monticello Albemarle”; franked; postmarked Staunton, 17 Feb. Enclosure not found.

1Abbreviation for “Subpoena in chancery.”

Index Entries

  • Jefferson v. Rivanna Company; TJ’s bill of complaint in search
  • Jefferson v. Rivanna Company; TJ’s counsel in search
  • Johnson, Chapman; andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Peyton, John Howe; andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Peyton, John Howe; letters from search
  • Rivanna Company; directors of search