Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Lyle, 5 November 1804

Manchester Novr. 5th. 1804

Dear Sir

I was over the mountains (at Rock fish) late august & part of Septr., I had promised my self the honor & pleasure of paying you a visit at Monticello but on my return to Charlottsville I understood you were gone to Orrang County, this lessened the pleasure of my trip, not a little.

When I think on, how much your mind must be engaged with the arduous affairs of Government I am afraid my letters may be troublesome to you, yet I would just beg leave to tell you, that our company were so pressing for remittances to relieve them from embarrassments in Britain, that I have hitherto sent them every shilling I could collect, without retaining my own salary, which leaves a considerable sum due to me. I am now in want of money & am collecting to pay my self. I will be much obliged to you for your assistance; the last I received was 500 dollars on October 1803. I will have the statement carried on from that sent you, ready to forward when I hear of your return to Monticello Most sincerely wishing you every kind of prosperity I am with the greatest Esteem & Regard

Dear Sir Your Most hul Sert

James Lyle

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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