Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Bolling, 11 June 1807

Washington June 11. 07.

Dear Sir

Your letter of the 2d. inst. is but this moment come to hand, & by the arrangement of the post this cannot get to Charlottesville till the 18th. which will explain it’s delay. the pain of asking aid cannot be greater than that which I feel on being obliged to declare that it is out of my power to give aid to a friend in distress. but it is a serious truth that there is no one more distressed to keep up with his money engagements. I am not indeed under suit or execution, but am obliged to be asking postponements which distress my mind exceedingly. would 1000. D. purchase me all the property in Albemarle, I could not command them without being guilty of dishonorable & immoral breaches of promise to others: and this state of things will continue on me till I clear out from a residence at this place. this is the true state of my situation, & of the impossibility under which I am of relieving yours. I salute you with commiseration for your difficulties & friendly esteem.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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