James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 23 September 1790

From Thomas Jefferson

Monticello Sep. 23. 1790.

Dear Sir

Mr. Randolph arrived last night without having been able to get me a horse, or even to hear of one which he could approve of. Presuming you had made up your mind as to parting with yours, I take the liberty of sending for him. I should not hesitate to take him at your own price but that I apprehend you think him of less than his real value, and therefore propose that you should have him valued. If there be no urgency, I should propose to pay you the money not till our return to Philada., perhaps not till the receipt of our December quarter, as the arrival of my furniture from Paris, & commencing housekeeping will perhaps call for my previous resources. But this need make no difficulty.

We shall count on seeing you here about our next court1 and hope you will make some stay. The time & plan of our return may be then arranged. Adieu. Your’s affectionately

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); FC (MHi); Tr (ViU).

1The next session of the Albemarle court, which met the second Thursday of each month, took place on 14 Oct. (Hening, Statutes description begins William Waller Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619 (13 vols.; Richmond and Philadelphia, 1819–23). description ends , V, 371).

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