Monticello Oct. 18. 20.
Your favor of Oct. 4. is recieved. you have been quite misinformed as to my having any intention to lease my possession in Bedford. nothing would induce me to put my negroes out of my own protection. from the good opinion I entertained of your father I should have as willingly listened to proposals from yourself as from any body, had I the intentions you supposed. I tender you the assurance of my respect.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.