Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to David Higginbotham, 12 February 1822

To David Higginbotham

Monticello Feb. 12. 22.

Dear Sir

I should have sooner answered your favor of the 17th ul[t] but that I wished to direct one of my daily rides to Morven in order to give some explanations verbally on the subject of my debt to you in which you have hitherto indulged my necessities. but the roads and weather have hitherto prevented it.1 the sum however of them would have been that the crop of the ensuing year 23. will enable me, and is destined to pay that debt, wholly as I trust, but certainly and at most at two instalments. be assured that my anxiety to discharge it is constant and pressing on my mind. with my sense of your indulgence accept the assurance of my friendly esteem and respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from Eulalie Cathalan to TJ; one word faint; at foot of text: “Mr Higgenbotham”; mistakenly endorsed by TJ as a letter of 14 Feb. 1822 but correctly recorded in SJL.

1Sentence interlined.

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  • Albemarle County, Va.; roads in search
  • Higginbotham, David; letters to search
  • Higginbotham, David; TJ’s debt to search
  • horses; TJ rides search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to D. Higginbotham search
  • roads; poor condition of search
  • weather; effect on travel search