From Thomas Bell
[Charlottesville] 11th. Oct. 1791
A Mr. Franklin is expected in Town this evening, who formerly was Overseer at the Mountain.
It has been hinted to me that he would Suit, as manager for you perhaps, better than some that has been Mentioned. Colo. Lewis—although he may not mention him—can give you his Character better than I can. And whether Franklin would undertake the business, or no, can’t say. You will excuse my mentioning him, as I am no ways interested except for your Interest.—I am Sir with respect your most ob. Srt.,
RC (DLC). Endorsed by TJ and recorded in SJL as received 11 Oct. 1791.
Bernard Franklin served as TJ’s overseer from 1788 to 1790. His name appears in accounts for 1794, 1795, 1800, and 1801, but it is uncertain what relationship the two men had during that time (Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, Princeton, 1953 description ends , p. 149, 517).