Thomas Jefferson Papers

Martin Dawson to Thomas Jefferson, 16 February 1820

From Martin Dawson

Milton 16th Feby 1820

Dear Sir

Mr Laportes Order on your letter of Credit due 1st December last for three Hundred Dollars is yet unpaid—Shortly after I presented it to you—I mentioned the subject as you requested to Mr Laporte

he promised to take it up himself from 1st to 15th this Mont[h] he now says he must rely on you to pay it—

I want the Money in Richmond, where I owe eight hundred Dollars—If it suits you to draw for that sum or a part1 I will give you the Money for the sum you may chuse to draw for—above said $300 & Interest

Yo. Ob. Hu. Serv

Martin Da[wson]

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); edge trimmed and signature mutilated at seal; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson esqre Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Feb. 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

On 23 Mar. 1820 TJ recorded paying Dawson $305.62 to cover a note, not found, for three hundred dollars, which he had given Peter Laporte on 19 July 1819, plus $5.62 in interest (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1363).

1Preceding three words interlined.

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