Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Gelston, 4 February 1820

To David Gelston

Monticello Feb. 4. 20.

Dear Sir

I have duly recieved the favor of your letter stating the amount of the duties and charges on my books 24.92, which sum I now inclose you & a small fraction over, but not sufficien[t] I fear1 to pay the discount to which 15.D. of the money (Virginia) may perhaps be subject with you. but the same difficulty of remitting fractional sums, may on another occasion replace the deficiency.2 the frequent occurrence of money withdrawn from letters in the post offices will render knolege of3 the safe reciept of this a relief from the fear that such an accident, without being known to me, may be keeping you indefinitely out of the reciept of the money.

I salute you with great and affectionate respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Joseph Miller to TJ, 16 Feb. 1819; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “David Gelston esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

1Preceding two words interlined.

2Manuscript: “deficiiency.” Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

3Preceding two words interlined.

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