To George Jefferson
Monticello June 8. 99.
Your favor of [June 3.] came to hand yesterday. I mentioned in a [recent letter] that I had [written to] Philadelphia & N. York to enquire the prospect of selling my tobo. from Philadelphia my advice is discouraging. but from N. York [I found] […] [of a much] better price than is to be had at Richmond, but […] to [send] 10. hogsheads at first as an experiment. we have therefore concluded that [6. of mine & 4] of mr Randolph’s shall be sent, which we will ask the favor of you to do by the first conveyance, consigning them to Henry Remsen esq. [notary publick?] in New York. I inclose you the manifests of 12. hogsheads, […] (the only remaining one) along with the hogshead itself this day by William Johnson’s boat […] with that of the tobo. now to be forwarded to N.Y. my [parcel should consist of 3.] hhds. of Poplar forest & 3. of Albemarle & mr Randolph’s of […] should 10. Doll[ars] be [offered] at Richmond for the residue before it is called for […] before it is shipped off, we are free & willing to sell at that price, giving any credit [short] of Christmas. be so good as to pay the freight & shipping charges, as [mr Johnson] has no funds of ours in his hands. I shall send you by the next post [a draught?] on Philadelphia for some sum under 1000. D. (I do not yet know exactly [the amount]) payable July 5. which I shall hope you will be able to dispose of. […] place for sale, we do [yet] propose that it shall […] [your commission?] on it. you have had as much trouble with it as if you had [sold it and are] therefore justly entitled to the same commission.—whatever […] [nail rod] [carried?] into N.C. you will be so good [as to recieve] […] [round] from Philadelphia which I hope you will […] forward before the [waters] fall. I am with great esteem
PrC (MHi); faint, with several illegible phrases of three or more words; in ink at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure not found, but see below.
In his financial records TJ included a description of the Manifests for the 12 Hogsheads of tobacco enclosed to George Jefferson and that of another hogshead to be delivered to William Johnson (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 , 2:1002).