Charlottesville March 27th 1820
I hold your bond which has been due some time, I am about to start to Richmond and having been dissappointed in receiving money there, in consequence of this late fire which distroyed the flour for which I was to receive the money, compels me to to request the favour of you to pay it, or if it would be more convenient, to let me have a draft payable in Richmond at sight. Necessity is a severe master, and compels me to call on you for the payment, as I am now going to Richmond for the purpose of paying in my proportion of the revenue for the county your early attention to this, will confer a favour which thankfuly acknowledged by sir
John C. Wells
MoSHi: Thomas Jefferson Collection (formerly Bixby).