Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Dawson to Samuel Greenhow, 1 July 1809

William Dawson to Samuel Greenhow

1809 July 1st Charlitsville

Dear Sir,

I wrote you from Milton yesterday. I Breakfasted at Mr Jeffersons this morning, took some Memos of his curioscittes, was treated exstreamly Polite by him, &c. he informs me that he receved your letter and1 that he means to have the declarations of his Mills &c2 recorded, and Shall write, and make remittences to Mr Geo. Jefferson for that purpose.

I hinted to him (as he thought his house fire proof) had he not better revalue his other houses. he did not Say, but observed that, he had made a good deal of alteration in his Stable by enlarging of it &c3 and Supposed it of Course was loped off from insurrences, I told him not, as the Size was taken when declared for, and that I Should take the dementions again if he would please to Suffer me &c.

I Saw Colo John Nicholas a few Munites this day4 and at him about his Buildings around this Town which he tells me has Several houses near, but he Said he wished to See how we paid up before he came in. I rang Jeffersons Mills in his ears, and told him likewise that perhaps a North Wind might blow fire on Some of his Building while he was waiting his ansr was to be sure, the way to bring the Institution into repute was by giting Subscribers, and Said he would wish to See me again I told him I would wait on him with pleasure. I am Still in good health, I thank the Lord—

Adue. Farewell your friend

W Dawson

Please to excuse Interlineations Blots &c. you know I allways Seem to be in a hury yours.


RC (Vi: Mutual Assurance Society, Incoming Correspondence); addressed: “Samuel Greenhow Esquire Principl Agent to the Mutuel Assurrence Cociety Against fire &c in the State of Virginia Richmond—Favd by Mr Raphal”; also addressed: “William Taylor Charlottesville July 1st 1809”; endorsed by Greenhow.

1Preceding six words interlined.

2Word interlined.

3Preceding five words interlined.

4Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Dawson, William; letters to S. Greenhow search
  • Greenhow, Samuel; letters from W. Dawson to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); stables at search
  • Mutual Assurance Society; and TJ’s insurance search
  • Nicholas, John; and Mutual Assurance Society search
  • Raphael (Raphall), Solomon search
  • stable; insurance for search
  • Taylor, William search