Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Chapman Johnson, 26 June 1819

To Chapman Johnson

Monticello June 26. 19.

Dear Sir

I was summoned by the Rivanna company to attend taking the deposition of Alexr Garrett this day which was to prove that the body of the Inquisition of 1805. was in my handwriting, and the interpolation in a different one; a fact which I have stated in the bill. it will be conveyed I presume by tomorrow’s mail.

I have given them notice that I shall take the deposition of John Coles on Monday morning (the 28th) and you will recieve it by the mail which leaves us on Tuesday. this witness will depose with perfect recollection the dissensions of the jury on the interpolated clause. he has repeatedly mentioned it to me. I salute you with great friendship esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Victor Adolphus Sasserno to TJ; at foot of text: “Chapman Johnson esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Coles, John (1774–1848); andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Garrett, Alexander; andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Bill of Complaint inJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Jefferson v. Rivanna Company; depositions for search
  • Jefferson v. Rivanna Company; TJ’s bill of complaint in search
  • Johnson, Chapman; andJefferson v. Rivanna Company search
  • Johnson, Chapman; letters to search
  • Post Office, U.S.; and mail service search
  • Rivanna Company; TJ’s meetings with search
  • Rivanna River; inquest on TJ’s mill (1805) search