Thomas Jefferson Papers

Philip Tabb to Thomas Jefferson, 7 April 1809

From Philip Tabb

Toddsbury 7th April 1809


Having just learnt from Captn Decatur who delivered a moleboard I did myself the pleasure to send to you at Washington, that you had not received my letter per post which left Gloster Ct House about the 20th of Jany last—& which I expect was destroyed by a villainous rider who we now know was in the habit of robing the mail about that time, I trouble you with the copy, not willing that the appearance of neglect should pertain to one who will always feel himself honored by an oppy of rendering you any services in his power—

I am Sir mo. Respectfy Yours

Philip Tabb

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); endorsed by TJ as received 3 May 1809 and so recorded in SJL; with subjoined Dupl of Tabb to TJ, [21] Jan. 1809, informing TJ that although he was unable to send more hickory nuts, he was sending a Pennsylvania moldboard.

Philip Tabb (1750–1822) was a Gloucester County planter, agricultural reformer, and Revolutionary War veteran (“Tabb Family,” WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892– description ends , 1st ser., 13 [1905]: 169–70; Avery O. Craven, “The Agricultural Reformers of the Ante-Bellum South,” American Historical Review 33 [1928]: 307; Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald, 12 Apr. 1822).

Index Entries

  • agriculture; Pennsylvania moldboard search
  • Decatur, Stephen; conveys moldboard search
  • food; hickory nuts search
  • hickory nuts; P. Tabb’s search
  • moldboards; Pennsylvania search
  • nuts; hickory search
  • Pennsylvania; moldboard of search
  • plows.; Pennsylvania moldboard search
  • Tabb, Philip; identified search
  • Tabb, Philip; letters from search
  • Tabb, Philip; sends plow moldboard to TJ search