Monticello Apr. 6. 05.
I recieved on the 19th. Ult. your letter and statement of my account with Colo. Bell. The articles of it which are not in my statement are the following
|1800.||June||22.||paid per note to Reuben Perry||£ 3|
|28.||paid per order to George Wash||£ 3|
|July||3.||7½ galls. whiskey||1–12–9|
|8.||17½ galls. do.||3–10–9|
The two last I have no doubt are right. I kept no account myself of store articles. but of articles of cash & orders I kept exact account and am confident the two first articles are wrong. if the do. means paid to Perry & Wash I have their settlements with me in which they neither credit, nor do I charge any such sums. if the do. means only a paiment to myself the silence of my memm. book is satisfactory evidence to me that I recieved no such sums. I imagine you have charged these sums merely on finding some note of mine among Colo. Bell’s papers asking such sums. but I am persuaded no such entry was made in his books as paid. if there is, I shall certainly admit it. but you know Colo. Bell sold nails for me, and I drew on him for small sums as I wanted them. very often he had not money to pay them, but still did not return my note, which between him & me was never attended to. I have little answers to such notes now, assuring me he had not a dollar to furnish me. therefore the bare finding such a note of mine among his papers is no evidence at all that he sent me the money. whenever he sent the money my entries shew it, and so I have no doubt the entries in his books do. if there be such, made at the time, & not afterwards merely on finding such notes, I shall suppose I have made two omissions of money recieved in 6. days, which is more than I have done in 40. years. I will ask the favor of you to look into these two charges & let me know on what they are founded. Accept my friendly salutations.