Statement of Account with Thomas Carpenter
Thomas Jefferson Esq.
|June 14th.||To Thomas Carpenter—||Dr.—|
|To Making a Coat &c of Superfine Cloth with Silk Sleeve Lynings, Velvet Collar & Steele Butts.||$ 23.—|
|To Making a Waistcoat & materials||3.—|
|2 yds Silk Nankeen @ 11/3 & 18 pearl Buttons 25/||4—|
|Making Breeches & materials||2.75|
|2½ yds Silk Nankeen @ 9/6||3.17|
|14 small 3 Coat Pearl Buttons||1—|
|To a pr of Breeches as above||6.92|
|To 4 suits of livery (as pr Bill of May—difference in materials 1 Doll per suit)—@ 26$||104.—|
|July 3||To a Nankeen Jacket for John||4.25|
|20||Making a Coat & materials||4.50|
|5½ yds Blue Bombazette—@ 7/6||5.50|
|To a pr of Nankeen Breeches compleat||3.50|
MS (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); in Carpenter’s hand, words and figures in italics added by TJ; addressed: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ.
The BILL OF MAY concerning suits of livery has not been found.
JOHN: John Freeman. On 15 July 1802, Dr. William Baker of Prince Georges County, Maryland, appointed his friend Samuel Carr to act as his lawful attorney in his absence and to “sell make over and transfer” his servant John, “(now hired to the President)” for a term not exceeding eleven years or to hire him for two or three years. On 17 July, Carr noted on the verso that on that day he had hired out John to TJ for two years “at the rate of eight dollars per month” (MS in MHi; in Baker’s hand and signed by him; endorsed by TJ “Baker Dr. William”). TJ first hired Freeman from Baker in 1801 (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 , 2:1043, 1053; Vol. 34:208n, 489).
BLUE BOMBAZETTE: bombazet was a smooth cloth, without a shiny finish, made from worsted woolen yarn in a plain or twill weave (Florence M. Montgomery, Textiles in America, 1650–1870 [New York, 1984], 172; Phyllis G. Tortora, ed., Robert S. Merkel, consulting ed., Fairchild’s Dictionary of Textiles, 7th ed. [New York, 1996], 64).
On 2 Nov. 1802, TJ ordered John Barnes to pay Carpenter $165 on his account (MS in ViU, in TJ’s hand and signed by him, signed by Carpenter acknowledging payment on 3 Nov., endorsed by Barnes; 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 , 2:1085).