Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Taylor to Thomas Jefferson, 3 August 1821

From John Taylor

Caroline August 3d 1821

Dear Sir

I am constrained to write you this letter, by having Seen in the news papers an extract of a letter, said to be written by you, approving of construction construed;1 to assure you that I had never seen nor heard of your letter, if it is genuine, before I saw it in a news paper.

Recently I inclosed you a draft on the bank of Virginia at Richmond to be applied at your discretion as before advised. It was for $500, as upon reflection I thought it would do more good, and give less trouble to you, to remit the whole sum at once, than2 at four instalments. Not having received advice of your having gotten the letter, I mention it again. If it has been intercepted, perhaps it would be well for you to write a note to the Richmond Virginia bank, forbidding the payment of the Draft. It is from the Fredericksburg branch. I am with the highest esteem and respect.

Sir your mo: obt St

John Taylor

RC (NHi: American Historical Manuscript Collection); with Tr of TJ to Taylor, 3 Aug. 1821, subjoined; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Aug. 1821 and so recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “construction construction.”

2Manuscript: “that.”

Index Entries

  • Bank of Virginia (Fredericksburg); check from search
  • Bank of Virginia (Richmond); drafts on search
  • charity; donations to families in need search
  • Construction Construed, and Constitutions Vindicated (J. Taylor [of Caroline]) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; publication of papers search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Recommendation of John Taylor’sConstruction Construed search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); family of search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); finances of search
  • Taylor, John (of Caroline); Construction Construed, and Constitutions Vindicated search
  • Taylor, John (of Caroline); donation to W. C. Nicholas’s family search
  • Taylor, John (of Caroline); letters from search