Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Morgan, 26 May 1820

Monticello May 26. 20.

Dear Sir

A case arises here in which a grandson of mine Thos J. Randolph is deeply interested, and wherein the information you can probably obtain for us would be an act of great friendship to myself, and of infinite importance to my grandson.   a mr John Bostwick came into this neighborhood some time since, and being pleased with it’s soil, climate & other circumstances, determined to establish himself in it. he has entered into treaty with my grandson for a very valuable tract of land, of 820. acres, a part of that I live on. for about 30,000.D. but he is an utter stranger here. it is unknown to us whether he will be able to make the payments stipulated and a right of annulment is therefore reserved, if we should not recieve satisfactory information of his competence he says he is of New Orleans, well known there: and this induces me to trouble you with a request to communicate to me as speedily as convenient what you know of the responsibility of this gentleman, or what you can learn satisfactorily from others. the information is merely for our own government, and will not be made known to any mortal but my grandson & my self—experience of your kindness on former occasions has led me to the presumption of requesting you to befriend us on this very important one with the aid of your knolege and enquiries—and I pray you to accept assurances of of my great esteem and respect.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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