Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Pleasants to Thomas Jefferson, 10 December 1821

From James Pleasants

Washington—10th December 1821

Dear Sir

I, as surviving commissioner for carrying into effect the decree of the court of Chancery in the case of Jefferson vs Ronald’s heirs, receivd some time since the balance due under that decree. It amounts to something upwards of $100, and will be paid in any manner you shall direct after receiving this letter. It would have been paid over before this but for my expectation of having it in my power to see you at Monticello. Part of my family were in Lynchburg, and on going to that place myself I purposed to have called on you, but was informd in passing through Fluvanna that you were at the Poplar Forest. When I reached Lynchburg,1 I was informed by mr Radford you had returnd to Albemarle, but would be up again in a few days; you did not return however before I was obliged to go home, and though it was my wish & intention to have visited You before I left home for this place, I found it impracticall to do so. I have it in charge from mr Macon of N. Carolina to present him very particularly to you.2 With sentiments of profoundest respect

I am dear sir yours

James Pleasants jr

RC (CSmH: JF); endorsed by TJ as received 17 Dec. 1821 and so recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “Lynchbug.”

2Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Bentley, William (of Virginia); account with TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with W. Bentley search
  • Macon, Nathaniel; sends greetings to TJ search
  • Pleasants, James; and visits to Monticello search
  • Pleasants, James; and visits to Poplar Forest search
  • Pleasants, James; and W. Ronald’s estate search
  • Pleasants, James; letters from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Radford, William; mentioned search
  • Ronald, William; estate of search