Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Abraham Bradley, Jr., 11 September 1808

Monticello Sep. 11. 08.


Your favor of the 6th. has been duly recieved, and altho’ it was my duty to enquire, the result is what I expected that the proceedure had been correct. the matter being in court (which I did not suppose from mr Wheaton’s letter, but that it was a voluntary submission by both parties) that is the proper authority to enquire into the correctness of the award, to enforce it if right, & if wrong to make a new reference or have it tried by a jury; and I doubt not you will instruct your counsel to make the proper exceptions to the award and to endeavor to obtain finally a just decision.

I salute you with esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson


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