Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Wirt to Thomas Jefferson, 6 July 1819

From William Wirt

Washington. July 6th 1819

Dear Sir.

The only court in this district which has original cognizance in matters testamentary is the Orphans’ Court, the laws of Maryland, which, you know, are in force in the district, not having been altered by congress in this respect. If you will send me Genl Kosciusko’s will, with a certificate of it’s proof and of your relinquishment of the executorship, I can have the will proved here1 and an administrator with the will annexed appointed, after which all the steps you propose can be easily taken before the federal court, to settle the litigated claims on the estate. Is there any particular person whom you would prefer to have appointed.

I am, D Sir, as ever your devoted friend and servant

Wm Wirt

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 17 July 1819 and so recorded in SJL; with notations by TJ beneath endorsement relating to his 5 Feb. 1820 reply:

“bank of Columbia. Certif Jan. 10. 1817. No 1314 46. shares=4600.D.
6. p.c. stock of 1814. loan of May 2. 1814. certif. dated Feb. 3. 1817. 11363.63 D. No 90.
supplemental 6. p.c. of same loan. Certif. No 37. same date. 1136.36 D.
    11, 363. 63
1  136. 36
12, 500.
4. 600 
17. 100.”
RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Arthur S. Brockenbrough, 29 July 1819, on recto and verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson esq. now at Poplar Forest near Lynchburg”; franked; postmarked Washington, 6 July. Tr (MdHi: Wirt Papers).

1Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • Bank of Columbia search
  • Congress, U.S.; mentioned search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; Bank of Columbia stock of search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; estate of search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; wills of search
  • Maryland; laws of search
  • Washington, D.C.; Orphans’ Court of the District of Columbia search
  • Wirt, William; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Wirt, William; letters from search