Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Cary Nicholas, 24 August 1819

To Wilson Cary Nicholas

Pop. For. Aug: 24. 19.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 17th came to hand yesterday, by which I percieve that mine of the 11th and 17th were still to be recieved. your’s of the 17th puts my mind perfectly at ease. I think with you it will be better to place the debt in the form of a bond, and will join you in one on my return. in the mean while I have sent on the notes to mr Marx, to give us time. for the 3d name to the bond, I would rather make one good by founding it on real security. I shall therefore convey to my grandson Jefferson one of my plantations here in trust to secure the bank as to this debt. a copy of this deed of trust, sent to the bank will establish his name with them as a sufficient co-obligor with us.   Have no uneasiness, dear Sir, for any part I bear in this painful business. I know well how apt we are to be deluded by our calculations, and to be innocently led into error by them. my great anxiety is for yourself & family, and to see a hope that a comfortable competence will be left for them. your talents are too solid to leave a doubt that the public will be glad to purchase them in their frugal way. having mentioned this subject in mine of the 17th I will here only repeat my offers of any services I can render you or them. we will certainly call on you on our return, and mrs Gibson’s being our evening stage, we shall probably ask a breakfast of mrs Nicholas and yourself on the morning of the 14th or 15th of Sep. on one of which days, weather and rheumatism permitting I have appointed to be at Monticello. ever & affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi); endorsed by Nicholas. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Dupl of Patrick Gibson to TJ, 21 July 1819; with two words canceled and rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “W. C. Nicholas esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

A missing letter of this date from TJ to his grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph is recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Gibson’s Ordinary (Buckingham Co.) search
  • health; rheumatism search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; bond with W. C. Nicholas and T. J. Randolph search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; conveys land in trust to cover bond search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; endorses notes for W. C. Nicholas search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; rheumatism search
  • Marx, Joseph; as director of Richmond branch of Second Bank of U.S. search
  • Nicholas, Margaret Smith (Wilson Cary Nicholas’s wife); TJ plans visit to search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); bond with TJ and T. J. Randolph search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); letters to search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); TJ endorses notes for search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); TJ plans visit to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and W. C. Nicholas’s debts search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); letters to accounted for search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); TJ proposes to convey land to search
  • rheumatism; TJ’s search