Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Lyle, 14 May 1808

Manchester May 14th. 1808

Dear Sir

I am glad to hear of your safe arival in good health at Monticello.

I now enclose a state of our affairs, a continuation from that sent you in 1800. On examination I hope you will find it right, it is intended to be so; if any errors or omissions, you will please notice them. I give credit for the sums at the times I recd. them from Mr. Clark, the interest he recovered on the bonds sent him will appear in his settlement with you. Edward Bolling has never paid his fathers bond to you, although repeatedly put in mind of it.

It appears that Edward has slackened in his dilligence, his fathers Estate still owes our Company a large balance, which it appears I must bring suit for against the Executors. If you should chuse I can order suit on JBs bond to you, but it must be in your own name, and perhaps you would not wish to add to the distresses of the family. I have not seen Ned Bolling for a long time, althoug I have often wrote him & wishd much to see him. I wish he may be acting with propriety. I mentioned to you long ago that our Company were in arrears to me, and that I depended on your balance for reimbursement. this failing in a great measure, I have been obliged to have recourse to the Bank, this I abhor, and wish to get clear of, I have been & am paying upwards of six perCt interest & that every sixty days.

I hope you will have it in your power to pay up the balance or near it. I am with great Regard

Your Most huml Servt

James Lyle

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

Enclosure

12 Nov. 1798-1 July 1806

Thomas Jefferson Esqr. In accot with Henderson McCaul & Co,

1798 Novr. 12 To Balance due as per acct rendered in 1800 £99 3 8¾
1800 Augt 9. To Interest on this balance from Novr. 12th. 1798 till this date is 1 year 8 months & 27 days } 8 12 9
107 16 5¾
Augt. 9. By Cash of C. Clarke £29.17.0. @ 33 exchange 22 4 ____
1801 85 12 5¾
April 9 To Interest on £85.12.5¾ from the 9th of Augt 1800. till this date is 8 months } 2 17 ____
88 9 5¾
By Cash of Gibson & Jefferson for part of your draft on them for £300 V.C. at 33 exchange £225. Sterling, to pay off this bala. 88 9 5¾
1801 April 9 To your 5th Bond payable the 19th of July 1794 on Interest from the 19th of April 1783 128
To Interest on this bond from the 19th of Apl. 83 till this date is 17 years 11 months & 10 days } 114 5 9
242 5 9
By Cash of Gibson & Jefferson for the balance of the above draft over paying off the 4th bond } 136 10 6¼
105 15 2¾
1803 Octr. 26 To Interest on £105.15.2¾ from the 9th of April 1801 till this date is 2 years 6½ months } 13 9 4¼
119 4 7
By Cash of G. & Jefferson £150. V.C. @ 33 exchg (Sterling) 112 10 ___
} 6 14 7
1806 July 1. To Interest on £6.14.7 from the 26th. of Octr 1803 till this date is 2 years & 8 months ____ 17 9
7 12 11
By Cash of G & Jefferson for part of your draft to pay off this on them for 300: V.C. @ 33 exchg. £225. Sterling 7 12 11
To your 6th Bond payable the 19th of July 1795. with Interest from the 19th April 1783 402 11 2
Carried over £402 11 2

1806 To Amount of the 6th Bond brought over £402 11 2
July 1. To Interest on this bond from the 19th of April 1783. till this date is 23 years & 2 months 466 5 11
By Cash of G. & Jefferson for the bala. of your draft over paying off the 5th bond 217 7 8
   Bala. of Interest due at this date 248 18 3 248 18 3
To Interest on £402.11.2 from this date 651 9 5
To your Bond for Mrs. Jane Jeffersons debt to the Co. 94 17 1½
To Interest on this Sum at 5 perct per annum from the 1st day of Septr. 1771 till the 19th of April 1775 is 3 years & 7 mos.
To Interest on this bond from [. . .] from April 19th 1783 till paid as per state & bond made out by yourself
To the Balance of your bond to Richard Harvie settled with him as by your letter of the 17th of Septr 1803 (176.16. V.C.) 132 12
To Interest on this sum from April 19th 1783 till paid

Manchester May 14th. 1808

Errors & Omissions excepted

James Lyle

Index Entries