To George Jefferson
Philadelphia May 20. 98.
I recieved yesterday your favor of the 14th. and am well pleased with the sale of my tobacco: for tho’ if no check were to happen I think it would continue to rise, yet considering the critical affairs of this country, & still more of England, I think a check very possible, & that it must take place this summer, if at all. the price obtained secures my making two paiments of 1200. D. each in autumn, about which I was anxious. I inclose you the manifest for the Bedford tobacco, 16446 ℔ I have directed that from Monticello, whatever it is, to be forwarded immediately. I must ask you for information of the highest price which has been given for wheat and flour at Richmond or Manchester from Dec. 1. to Apr. 30. as I sold in Albemarle with a reference to that, & shall have to settle immediately on my return. I think I wrote to you before to attend to the price for me, and stated the times, & perhaps more exactly than I do now, as I write from memory at present, & may have forgotten.—a workman (Richardson) to whom I owed 11. D. 72 c wishing to recieve it in Richmond I have given him an order on you. I am afraid I am near the bottom of my funds in your hands for tho’ one of the bonds for which they were destined will not be called for, yet the wheat & other small expences of which I have no account must have been of some amount. I will thank you for a statement. I inclosed you on the 10th. a bill of lading for between 20. & 30. packages by the sloop Sally, desiring them to be forwarded by the first Milton boats. I will thank you, as soon as they are forwarded to drop a line of information to mr J. W. Eppes, at his father’s in Chesterfield, because as soon as he knows they are forwarded up the river, I have proposed to him & my daughter to proceed to Monticello. There is a weekly rider from the post office to mr Eppes’s neighborhood in Chesterfield. I am with great esteem Dr. Sir
Your friend & servt
P.S. I have opened my letter to ask whether it will be practicable and will not be prudent to have some guarantee of mr Hooper. I know nothing of him, having never before heard of him: but the credit is so long & the times so perilous, that it would be desireable. it is the usage here to require two guarantors with every transaction of any length. one I should think proper, but I leave it to yourself altogether.
PrC (MHi); postscript written in left margin; at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure not found, but see note below.
“weights of tobo. from P.F. of which the manifests were sent to G. Jefferson, May 20.98.
|P.F||32.||137.||1568.||26th. Feb. 98|
Martin & Douglas.
sold by G. Jefferson to mr Hooper @ 13. D. paiable 1st. Oct. & 12th. Nov.
|16446 ℔ @ 13. D =||2137.98|
|suppose 1400. Monticello||182.|
(MS in MHi; on small scrap of paper; entirely in TJ’s hand, with last two lines, including total, written in pencil).
On 18 May 1798 TJ had John Barnes pay Richard Richardson $60. The next day TJ gave Richardson an order on George Jefferson for the balance of $11.72 (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:983). TJ also wrote drafts on Barnes on 9, 18 Apr., and 1 May, each one for $10 in favor of Richardson (MSS in MHi, written and signed by TJ, endorsed by Barnes and canceled).