Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Holmes Freeman, 20 June 1807

Spotted Fields Culpeper June 20th. 1807

Your Excellency

Sir I regret to inform you that I expect every day to be sued on your account, by Mrs. Mary Stevens of Caroline, for the hire of the negro man called Moses, the miller last year at Monticello, the reason, of my being liable for this hire, Mrs. Steven’s’s son, would not let me have the fellow without I would give my own bond, & some man that he was acquainted with for security, and rather than miss getting the fellow, I gave my bond & Robert Crutchfield, (of Spotsylvania) security this business is very wounding to my feeling, particularly, as I never before had occasion to give my bond on any account whatever, this bond was only for fifty dollars, twenty five of which I paid about the last of March or first of April 1806, as I have not the book I will not be certain as to the day. there is now due on this bond 25 dollars and the Interest on it since the 25th. of decr. last untill paid, and I hope you will from this statment forward me the money immediatly, and not have me to suffer for doing, what I felt satisfied would be pleasing to you, and most to your interest. These were the impressions that I was actuated by at that time, & I hope ever will be, in doing business for myself, or any other person;—I will here observe to you that I have recd. no answer to my last of the seventh of march in answer to yours that came into my hands, the last of February which covered $140, which was in full of my account as it was stated, but as I made a mistake of $20 against myself I hope you will not object to it’s being corrected, which I think I have done in my last if I have not; I will let it lay over untill I see you, at which time I hope settlement will be made to the satisfaction of us both, I should have met you at Monticello in the spring with all the accts. and papers of Acct. between us but was not able to ride that far on horseback, but if I live, I will meet you at monticello next fall if I come on my hands and knees; for I never shall be satisfied untill such settlement shall take place. It is reported here much to my injury that you and myself had a quarrel which parted us, although this is false it is wounding to my feelings, I know no other reason that parted us but the want of my health, in order to releave myself of a thing so disagreeable to me, I ask it as a particular favour of you to be so good as to write me the reason of our parting, which will enable me to contradict this false report with more effrontery, than I can without your signature.

Yours is the only business that I ever attempted to look after, except my fathers, which I quit with credit to myself to undertake yours where I expected to do myself more credit, and I hope I have done myself as much credit as any man could have done that enjoyed no more health than I did. Your compliance will ever be remembered by

Your very Obedient and Humble Servant

John H Freeman

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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