To George Jefferson
Philadelphia Feb. 7. 99.
I wrote you last on the 31st. ult. since which yours of the 29th. is come to hand, as also a letter from mr B. Clarke my manager at Poplar Forest giving me a statement of the weights of my tobacco there, of which I inclose you a copy. there are 20. hhds. averaging 1509½ lb making in the whole 30,190. I rely on Clarke’s diligence that it will be down with you by the first opportunity.—I shall desire mr Eppes, my son in law, to draw on you for from one to two hundred dollars, which be pleased to honour. having occasion for 5. bushels of clover seed, half white & half red, I have enquired the price here, & find that red is at 11. D. the bushel & white 16. be so good as to enquire if they are to be had at Richmond & on better terms, and if they are, send up that quantity for me. I shall be here till the last day of this month, therefore have time to hear from you on the last subject, which, if I am to send the seed from hence, should be known to me immediately. be so good as to send me a copy of the pamphlet Curtius, printed at Richmond. I am with great esteem Dear Sir
Your friend & servt
P.S. from Albemarle there will be about 20,000 lb tobo. and pretty certainly of a better quality than the Bedford.
PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; with enclosure letter-pressed on same sheet (see below); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
The letter from Bowling Clarke of 20 Jan., recorded in SJL as received by TJ on 6 Feb., has not been found.
Pamphlet Curtius: on 30 Nov. 1798 the Virginia Argus published the first of five essays addressed to congressional candidate John Marshall by John Thomson, a young Republican lawyer from Petersburg, using the pen name “Curtius.” In late 1798 Richmond newspaper editor Samuel Pleasants published the essays as The Letters of Curtius, Addressed to General Marshall. In the missives, Thomson described Marshall as the leader of the Federalist Party in Virginia, a party which was attempting “to erect a monarchy or aristocracy upon the ruins of our free constitution” through pro-British, anti-French policies. For the role of this pamphlet in Marshall’s congressional campaign, see Marshall, Papers description begins Herbert A. Johnson, Charles T. Cullen, Charles F. Hobson, and others, eds., The Papers of John Marshall, Chapel Hill, 1974–2006, 12 vols. description ends , 3:497–8. Thomson died in early 1799 at the age of 21. In 1804 Pleasants reprinted the pamphlet and added a biographical sketch of Thomson (Virginia Argus, 18 Jan. 1799). For the 1804 pamphlet, see Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 3526.