Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 25 July 1799

To George Jefferson

Monticello July 25. 99.

Dear Sir

Your’s of the 14th. is at hand, as are also the 12. bottles of Center. Faris lost the lampblack, which however was not important as I got a supply from mr Higginbotham. on the 18th. inst. I drew on you for 50/6 in favor of John Peyton, & yesterday for £18.16.9 equal to 62. D 79 in favor of Moran or order at 3. days sight. it escaped me at the proper date (July 1) to desire you to pay Darmsdat’s bill of £31—4 =104. D. for the fish. be pleased to do it now. I now inclose you the manifest for the hhd. of tobo No. 7. which completes the whole. considering the present prices, I rather think I shall keep my tobo. on hand till Octob. that I may then get the price of old tobo for it at N.Y. or Philadelphia. this will make 2. or 3. dollars pr. C […]. I am with great esteem Dear Sir

Yours affectionately

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure not found.

The payment to John peyton settled TJ’s account with the boatman William Johnson for carrying one hogshead of tobacco. The one to Joseph Moran was made on 24 July at the request of John Steele, the stonemason who laid the

foundations for the renovation of Monticello, and more than satisfied the £15 balance which TJ owed Steele, including interest from November 1796. A letter from TJ to Moran, recorded in SJL at 24 July, has not been found. TJ recorded the payment of Joseph Darmsdat’s bill for fish on 25 July (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 , 2:941, 1004).

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