Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Lyle (1798–1850) to Thomas Jefferson, 20 November 1820

From James Lyle (1798–1850)

Richmond 20th Novr 1820

Dr sir

The subject of my letter will I hope be a sufficient apology for my addressing you—From the books of my Grandfather James Lyle, Geo:1 Kipen & Co, & Henderson McCall & Co, I find that there are some unsettled accounts with you; Statements of which will be handed to you by Mister T: Saunders, who is autherised by me to make a settlement—I am fully persuaded from your letters to my Grandfather, that there will be no difficulty thrown in the way to retard a final adjustment of accounts—Should money be as scarce with you, as it is with farmers nearer this City, a payment of the debt will probably put you to some little inconvenience, to avoid which, your bonds for the amounts will be satisfactory until, a payment is more suitable to your Convenience—with great respect

Your Obt: Srvt:
 James Lyle admr &c with
the will annexed of Jas Lyle Sr decd

RC (MHi); between dateline and salutation: “Thos: Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 Dec. 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

James Lyle (1798–1850), planter, was born in Chesterfield County. He attended the College of William and Mary, 1815–16. Lyle lived in Richmond until at least 1830, then moved permanently to Whitby, his ancestral plantation in Chesterfield County. He owned nine slaves in 1820 and about seventy slaves as part of personal property worth $31,000 at his death (G. Brown Goode, Virginia Cousins: A Study of the Ancestry and Posterity of John Goode of Whitby [1887], 118–9, 229; William and Mary Provisional List description begins A Provisional List of Alumni, Grammar School Students, Members of the Faculty, and Members of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. From 1693 to 1888, 1941 description ends , 26; DNA: RG 29, CS, Richmond, 1820, 1830, Chesterfield Co., 1840, 1850 slave schedules; Richmond Whig and Public Advertiser, 18 June 1850; Chesterfield Co. Will Book, 19:2–3, 88–95).

Tarlton saunders became Lyle’s stepfather when his mother, Sally Bland Goode Lyle, remarried after the death in 1806 of his namesake father (Goode, Virginia Cousins, 119). An administrator de bonis non cum testamento annexo (admr &c with the will annexed) is “An administrator appointed by the court to administer the decedent’s goods that were not administered by an earlier administrator or executor” when there was a will (Richmond Enquirer, 6 July 1821; Black’s Law Dictionary description begins Bryan A. Garner and others, eds., Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th ed., 1999 description ends ).

1Manuscript: “Goo.”

Index Entries

  • Henderson, McCaul & Company (Scottish firm); TJ’s debt to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to Henderson, McCaul & Company search
  • Kippen & Company (Glasgow firm) search
  • Lyle, James (1726–1812); agent for Henderson, McCaul & Company search
  • Lyle, James (1798–1850); as administrator of estate of J. Lyle (1726–1812) search
  • Lyle, James (1798–1850); identified search
  • Lyle, James (1798–1850); letter from search
  • Saunders, Sally Bland Goode Lyle search
  • Saunders, Tarlton; and TJ’s debt to Henderson, McCaul & Company search
  • Saunders, Tarlton; family of search