Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Joel Yancey, 4 December 1819

Monticello Dec. 4. 19.

Dear Sir

Having got my endorsement for mr Nicholas arranged with the bank of the US. all to the recording of the deed, which I have promised them to have done, I inclose it to you for this purpose; and wishing to be punctual with them I will pray you to get it done immediately by the clerk and send me his certificate that I may forward it to them. they have given 2. 3. & 4. years for the payment of this part of mr Nicholas’s debts, and a late decision of the court of appeals having settled that every debt in the least tainted by shaving or usurious interest is thereby extinguished, this sweeps off nine tenths of his debts, and leaves mine perfectly safe, as he can easily pay the bonâ fide ones and I am satisfied he will consider mine as the first. I expect a letter from J. Hemings to-night, but as the mail arrives in the night and goes out before day, I cannot answer it till next week. having resolved to ship my tobo I will pray you to hasten it’s been get ready & sent down.  Your’s Affectionately

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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