Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Francis W. Gilmer, 4 December 1819

To Francis W. Gilmer

Monticello Dec. 4. 19.

Dear Sir

I recieved last night your favor of Nov. 29. the suit of mr Wayles’s exrs. v. Byrd’s representatives, I knew nothing of, having been brought while I was in Europe by my co-executor Francis Eppes decd whose executor and son in law Archibald Thweatt finishes the business of mr Eppes. be so good therefore as to pay into his hands any sum which may come to your’s from Byrd’s representatives.

I have had an indistinct account of a late decision of the court of appeals extinguishing all debts tainted with shaving or any other usurious operation, the effect of which it is said will extinguish the great mass of mr Nicholas’s debts, or at least put it unquestionably in his power to give a preference to his bona fide debts and creditors. I am one of these to an uneasy amount, and much interested therefore to know how far it may be in his power, as I know it is in his purpose, to give us that preference. if your vocations would give you time to let me know the pith of this decision & it’s bearings on my case you would render great relief to my anxieties. I have expected Correa daily, but begin to fear the advance of the season may disappoint my expectations & hopes. ever & affectionately yours.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); at foot of text: “F. W. Gilmer esq.” PoC (MHi); on verso of portion of reused address cover; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Byrd, William (1728–77); estate of search
  • Eppes, Francis (TJ’s brother-in-law); as J. Wayles’s executor search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; andTaylor v. Bruce search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; as lawyer search
  • Gilmer, Francis Walker; letters to search
  • interest; and usury search
  • interest; rate limits in Va. search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; endorses notes for W. C. Nicholas search
  • law; usury search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); TJ endorses notes for search
  • Taylor v. Bruce search
  • Thweatt, Archibald; and J. Wayles’s estate search
  • Virginia; Court of Appeals search
  • Virginia; interest rates in search
  • Wayles, John (TJ’s father-in-law); TJ as executor for search