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    James Monroe Autograph Letter Signed "Jas. Monroe" as governor of Virginia. One page, 7.25" x 6.5", Albemarle [Virginia], August 13, 1800, regarding the leasing of servants [slaves]. According to a note found on the verso, the letter is to Peter Carr (1770-1815), the nephew of Thomas Jefferson, in full:

    "I recd. yr. favor at Richmond the other day. I shod. have been explicit when I saw you or before I left the county but intended back so soon, I presumed it unnecessary. You shall have the servants on the terms proposed, accommodating me with the amt. by the 10 of 1 yr. next; Let me know whether you take them in a few days as in case you do not I must make other arrangements."

    Monroe owned a large plantation with many slaves and, due to his lifestyle (he often lived beyond his means), which kept him in debt, he was forced to sell off slaves and land for money. Carr, the son of Thomas Jefferson's sister, Martha, was himself a plantation owner and either leased or bought the slaves from Monroe, who has given him one year in which to pay.

    Slight chipping at the left and lower edges; one small foxing spot near lower edge, but not affecting the text. Monroe's signature is bold. Fine.

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