To John Francis Mercer
[Montpelier 11 August 1803]
In the last interview which I had … with you in Washington on your return to Annapolis, you requested me to state the facts on which you might liquidate the balance between us. This I did not do until my return home had brought my papers under my inspection. On looking into them there I find that the original debt is evidenced by a promissory note from you for $600.00 … dated October 11, 17831 and by a bill of exchange on you.… In your favor I recollect a payment in Richmond probably in the year 1784 for about £100 currency of this state; to which is to be added $350.00.… If these items be defective we will be able to correct them.