Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William A. Burwell, 23 September 1819

To William A. Burwell

Monticello Sep. 23. 19.

Dear Sir

The interest you were so kind as to take in my unlucky engagement for Colo Nicholas makes it a duty in me to give you some information on the subject. the specific liens on his property for non-usurious debts are inconsiderable, not exceedin[g] 30, or 40,000.D. he is determined to postpone all his usurious debts being much the greatest part of what he owes, and no doubt exists but that his property will secure all others. the bank gives him two years for the sale of his property, and he gives me the most solemn and satisfactory assurances that he will take care of me particular[ly] and pay the interest semiannually, so that I shall never be called on even to advance a single dollar. on the whole I entirely believe I am in no danger of loss.

I began to mend of my rheumatism about the time you left us, and was quite well in about 10. days more. my purpose is to be at the Poplar Forest between the middle & last of October, & to stay there a month, so that during the first fortnight of Novemb[er] you will be sure to find us there if you favor us with a visit, whi[ch] I hope you will do. ever & affectionately Yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of otherwise unlocated letter from TJ to de Bure Frères, 2 Mar. 1819 (see note to TJ to James H. McCulloch, 2 Mar. 1819); edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Wm A. Burwell esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second, Richmond branch of; and W. C. Nicholas’s debts search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; and TJ’s endorsement of notes for W. C. Nicholas search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; letters to search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; TJ invites to Poplar Forest search
  • health; rheumatism search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; endorses notes for W. C. Nicholas search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; rheumatism search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); TJ endorses notes for search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); invitations to visit search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visits to search
  • rheumatism; TJ’s search