Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Chapman Johnson, [18] August 1817

To Chapman Johnson

Poplar forest Aug. 17. [18] 17.

[Dea]r Sir

I now inclose you mr Divers’s answer given without form or the ceremony of an oath. his health, and hurry to depart for the springs rendered it necessary to dispense with useless formalities. I furnished the defs with a copy of the bill some months ago, but I know nothing of the progress of their answers. as soon as they shall be given in, I will pray you to send me office copies as guides in examining witnesses. the same copies shall be returned to you for the use of counsel. I wish all unnecessary delay avoided, as the locks will soon be impassable and I can permit no fundamental repairs till my right is cleared. the passage of produce will of course be stopped to the great prejudice of the upper land holders on the river.   I salute you with great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Christopher Clark to TJ; misdated; salutation faint; at foot of text: “Mr Johnson”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of <17> 18 Aug. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) George Divers’s Answer to Interrogatories in Jefferson v. Rivanna Company, [ca. 23 July 1817]. (2) TJ’s Notes on Divers’s Answer to Interrogatories in Jefferson v. Rivanna Company, [after 23 July 1817]. Enclosed in TJ to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 18 Aug. 1817.

Index Entries

  • Divers, George; health of search
  • Divers, George; testimony inJefferson v. Rivanna Company 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. Rivanna Company search
  • Johnson, Chapman; letters to search
  • Rivanna Company; directors of search