Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Strode, 15 April 1806

Culpeper 15th. April 1806


Since I wrote You on the 9th. I waited on Mr. Washington, Who Sign’d a Certificate of which the inclosed is a Copy—this Substantiate’s the Sale—tis probable I commented upon the Contract, if I did it was a matter of my own Opinion, which Opinion was form’d from the Particular Circumstances of the Case and from the well known turpitude of Lee’s Character; I think now as I then thought and neither Genl Lee nor any finite Being in existance can by force or Art induce me to Retract from it—Mr. Washington thinks the Certificate he gave Lee to bear a very Different meaning from what has been Represented to me and therefore Requests a Copy of it, to which perhaps he may have some Claim and if there is no impropriety in it I shall feel gratified if it is sent to me, where Sir I assure You shall end the thing being ever again mention’d to You—I am truly sorry one Moment of Your time shd be taken up by this too low, too nefarious Business—may You long live to enjoy the Confidence & affection of a gratefull People is the sincere wish of

Your very Obt. Servt.

Thos. Strode

MoSHi: Bixby Collection.


11th. April. 1806.

I certify that there was a written Solemn Contract Between myself and Genl Lee for Mr. John Strode’s farm on which he lives, but Gen. Lee not making Arangements with Mr. Strode so as to procure me a title, that Contract became Void—long before the Contract was anuld I had inform’d Mr. Thomas Strode of its existance.

Sign’d Samuel Washington

The above is a correct Copy from the original.

W. Kerr.

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