Thomas Jefferson to Wythe, 18 April 1795

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"Thomas Jefferson to Wythe, 18 April 1795." Image from the Library of Congress, The Thomas Jefferson Papers.

Thomas Jefferson thanks George Wythe for sending a copy of his newly-published reports, Decisions of Cases in Virginia, by the High Court of Chancery, and tells Wythe that his collection of the acts of the Virginia General Assembly are not currently organized. Jefferson says that once he has organized the acts, he will send them to be bound in Richmond to make it easier to consult them in the future. He complains of working too much, which has caused him to become behind on his writing.

Letter text

Th: Jefferson to G. Wythe.

I thank you sincerely for your book. I shall read it with great pleasure & profit, & I needed something the reading of which would refresh my law memory.

My collection of acts of assembly are in a very chaotic state, insomuch that I have not had the courage to attempt to arrange them since my return home. as soon as this is done, I shall send the printed acts to be bound in Richmond after that it will be more easy to consult them, & probably I may be able to engage some young man in Charlottesville to copy acts for those who need them, for hire. I have no body living with me who could do it, & I am become too lazy, with the pen & too much attached to the plough to do it myself. I live on my horse from an early breakfast to a late dinner, & very often after that till dark. this occasions me to be in great arrears in my pen-work. Adieu with sincere affection.

Monticello Apr. 18. 95.

See also

Decisions of Cases in Virginia, by the High Court of Chancery