Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 21 February 1801

To George Jefferson

Washington Feb. 21. 1801.

Dear Sir

I inclose you another letter from mr Lieper, written after a further examination of the tobo. you will find it turns out that the tobacco has [never] been wet, nor otherwise injured, except one hhd, & whether that was [wet] between Richmd & Philadelphia is uncertain; that the [pretended?]1 great deficiencies in weight are entirely retracted: that the tobacco is not as good in quality by about ¾ Doll. pr. Cwt. as that of the preceding year, which you [knew was] the finest tobacco [yet ever known] in Virginia; and when I sold that [crop] to mr Lieper I told him he would probably never get such another from me. he says that Clarke’s tobo. has been badly handled. on this subject I [shall] write to Clarke. it seems that messrs. J. & W. had happened to recieve [some] good crops of some other persons, which they say (but Lieper has not [seen proof]) are superior to mine, at 5¼ & 5½ Dollars. on this ground they have thought proper to hazard the insinuation of fraud in myself personally.—be so good as to return me this & the former letter, and take no trouble [about] further enquiry as to the duckings of the tobacco which never happened. I am Dear Sir

Your’s affectionately

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I wrote the above under the impression that I had already inclosed you mr Leiper’s first letter of Feb. 11. I find I had not done it, & therefore now do it

PrC (MHi); faint and blurred; at foot of text: “Mr G Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosures: Thomas Leiper to TJ, 11 and 17 Feb. 1801.

I inclose you another letter: on 19 Feb. TJ wrote George Jefferson with the intention of enclosing the 11 Feb. letter he had received from Thomas Leiper. In his letter of the 19th, TJ requested that George Jefferson question the watermen to find out how many hogsheads of tobacco had accidentally gotten wet in transit. TJ also noted that he would write Bowling Clark about the matter. TJ feared that his tobacco had been purchased by “very illiberal men in Philadelphia,” as indicated by the letter from Jackson & Wharton to McMurdo & Fisher, which George Jefferson had transmitted to TJ on 29 Jan. Leiper’s letter of 11 Feb. confirmed this (PrC in MHi; faint and blurred; at foot of text in ink: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso).

According to SJL, TJ wrote Bowling Clark (Clarke) on 24 Feb. but the letter has not been found.

J. & W.: Jackson & Wharton.

1Word interlined.

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