Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 8 September 1802

To George Jefferson

Monticello Sep. 8. 1802.

Dear Sir

You some time ago wrote me word you could get 5. Dollars cash1 for my last year’s crop, of which I sent you the weights. I now inclose you the manifest to be sold if that price can be [met?].

I shall have occasion to draw on you in favor of our sheriffs for about 600. Dollars payable about the last days of this month, that they may be entitled to the allowance from the treasury. if my tobo. [is?] sold, it will of course [put you in cash]. if not, I must remit it from Washington, which cannot be till the 6th. of October. in case of the tobo. not being sold could you advance the [600.] D. for the [space] of 6. or 8. days? it will be a [singular accommodation?] to me, and I will ask the favor of an immediate answer that my mind may be at ease. Accept my affectionate salutations & esteem.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Recorded in SJL as a letter of 9 Sep. Enclosure not found.

In a letter of 16 June 1802, George Jefferson had informed TJ that he should expect no better than $5 CASH per 100 pounds of his 1801 crop of tobacco, the WEIGHTS of which TJ had sent on 12 June.

TJ recorded several tax payments to Virginia SHERIFFS on 16 and 25 Sep. and enumerated these and other transactions in a subsequent letter (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 , 2:1080–1; TJ to George Jefferson, 5 Oct. 1802).

1Word interlined.

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