Thomas Jefferson Papers

Charles Clay to Thomas Jefferson, 26 [April] 1819

From Charles Clay

Petty Grove [Apr.] 26. 19

(C.1 Clay to Mr Jefferson)

would it not be well to have those deeds on trust witnessed, altho I may Retain them or did your Recommendation with Respect to the view of the Confidential Friend mean that or would it be Sufficient for the insection2 of such an one without any memorandum to aid his memory? Mrs Clay is no Stranger to my Views & intentions in this business & apparantly Coincides with them; a considerable amount will Remain in Our hands to manaige after the execution of those trusts; health and happiness attend you, adieu.—

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); partially dated at foot of text; addressed: “Mr Jefferson Poplar Forest”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 26 Apr. 1819 received the following day.

1Omitted opening parenthesis editorially supplied.

2Beginning of word reworked from “inser”; “insection” means “incision, division, or declaration” (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ); “inspection” may have been intended.

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