Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Monroe, 15 September 1823

Highland Sepr 15th 1823

Dear Sir

Can you give me any information respecting the boundaries, of your small tract of land, between mr Alexanders & mine, to enable me to ascertain its brasing, on the lower end, of that portion of mine, belonging to the Blenheim tract, & of the other tracts, which I purchased, of Henderson & Anthony Watkins. This knowledge will be material, in case, I should survey my land, while I am in the county. I will be thankful also for information, by what rule, I may ascertain the precise boundaries, of mr Alexanders land, which bears on mine, in the mountain.

My health is better than when I arrivd, but still it is delicate—the weather has also been bad. I should nevertheless have been with you, had I not been prevented, by motives of delicacy, regarding the office which I hold, deeming it proper, to avoid meeting, at this time, and especially at your house, the respectable individual expected there, lest it might be considered, & treated, by the Editors of News papers, & in consequence by the public, as an affair arrang’d in reference to a particular object, whereby we should be compromitted improperly. I mention this to you in confidence hoping that you will approve my motive.

very respectfully & sincerely your friend

James Monroe

PS should I survey my land I shall want a copy of the Blenheim patent. where can I obtain it? It will be material only in reference to the boundaries referrd to, & the lower, or Eastern line, of that tract.

I send, in a [. . .], a small natural curiosity from Dr Wallace, a flying fish, which I promised to deliver.


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