Wythe to Thomas Jefferson, 31 July 1801
George Wythe says that Peter Tinsley, the brother of the officer that owes money to a freed woman living with Wythe, is worried that the letter Wythe sent on June 19 may cause Jefferson to have an unfavorable impression of Captain Tinsley. Wythe says that he does not know of any conduct that would support such suspicions and was unable to find out anything else when questioning Peter Tinsley. He does not know of anyone beside Jefferson that might be able to help him get the information necessary to obtain the payment for the servant.
Peter Tinsley, the brother of the officer, concerning a demand against whom i took the liberty to write a letter to thee not long since, apprehends, that the letter may make some impression thy mind unfavourable to the officer, and may produce a suspicion in others of some unjustifiable conduct in captain Tinsley. this i write for the purpose of declaring that i know of no such conduct; and that i could not learn, after inquirie, where he was, and knew not to whom,
whom, beside thyself, i could applie for information in what manner i might hope to obtain paiment of a demand on behalf of an old servant. farewell. 31 of july, 1801.