Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Branch Giles, 29 July 1823

Wigwam July 29—1823—

My Dear Sir

Your highly valued favor of the 9. Ult was duly received: and I had hoped from its contents: that I should have received your deposition, in the case of Polland, before this time; but I have reason to believe; that no notice is yet given for the purpose of taking it: I have therefore determined to forward a notice herewith, for the purpose of taking that, and others, at the discretion of the late Colo. Nicholas’s representatives—

I had hoped, and still hope, that Mr. Jefferson Randolph would have given his attention to this business: but if he should decline doing so: I wish to be apprised of it without delay—

It gives me real concern to find: that you should have suffered so much from our unfortunate old friend: as to weigh heavily upon you for the remainder of your life Since January 1816, I have been visited with the most extra excruciary afflictions: and amongst others; I have been compelled to sell more than eighty valuable negroes, to relieve myself from the plundering of pretended friends &c—and am still left embarrassed—

Be pleased Sir, to accept, the most sincere and fervent wishes of my heart, for your long continued health & happiness &c—

Wm B. Giles


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