From Craven Peyton
Stump Island 24th Augt. 1803.
Johnson who tends your lower feald in corn this year, was to see me for the purpose of putting all the feald in wheat & to pay one fourth. the land is much exausted. & on a supposition it woud meet your approbation, I toald him that I expected he might undar certain restrictions, the kind of wheat & the time of seeding woud be requird. Sheckle who occupies your uppar feald I think ought not to continue if any othar tenant can be had. to secure the payment of the present years rent I obtained from him a bill of sale for all the proparty he has, which I am fearfull will be taken for the rent if you wish both or eithar of them put in small grain, you will please let me no by the boy, if I am correct in my calculation of the Interest it amounts to about Sixty Four Pounds. shoud it be intirely convenient to you to let me have about fifty or sixty Dollars of it by the boy you will do me a singular favour
with much Respt Yr. Ob St.
RC (ViU); endorsed by TJ as received 25 Aug. and so recorded in SJL.
William johnson, a waterman who transported items to and from Monticello between 1799 and at least 1820, also rented from TJ part of the southern tract of Milton lands purchased from the heirs of Bennett Henderson (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 , 2:1276n; RS description begins J. Jefferson Looney and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Princeton, 2004- , 10 vols. description ends , 3:310n). In his account with Craven Peyton of rents and profits from Henderson lands for 1801 to 1811, TJ recorded that Cephus Shekell (sheckle) was delinquent in the amount of £24 for rent “not pd nor extendd” in 1803 (RS description begins J. Jefferson Looney and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Princeton, 2004- , 10 vols. description ends , 5:426).