To John M. Perry, with Notes on Agreement with Perry
Monticello Jan. 20. 1810
There is an old affair between mr Magruder & myself which I really had supposed done with, but he has lately revived it. he furnished me with some plank, & charged such extravagant prices as never had been given in this neighborhood by the half. I paid him according to the highest prices I had ever paid, amounting to £27–9 and wrote him that if he was not satisfied with that I would replace the plank at his mill & take back the money: and I contracted with mr Allen to take the thing off my hands, to wit furnish & deliver the plank & recieve the money from mr Magruder. this was 4. years ago, since which I have heard nothing of it till now. in the mean time mr Allen is dead. I have supposed it might suit you to take the same contract. the plank to be furnished is stated below: the sum in Magruder’s hands is £27–9 which amounts to £7–6 a thousand
|suppose the Timber per thousand||1– 0–0|
|hauling & delivery||1–10–0|
|remains for sawing & profit||4–16–0|
the plank is, I believe to be of a fixed width, 5.I. if I mistake not: but I am not certain. I shall be glad to hear from you soon on this subject, and perhaps, on conversation, might enable you to get over small difficulties. I am Sir
|329.||good timber||1¼ I. thick|
|600.||feet superfine||1⅜ I. thick|
[Notes by TJ below endorsement on verso:]
1812. Apr. 19. J. Perry informing me that no timber, equal to this bill, can be got within a considerable distance of Magruder’s, whereas he had expected to get it within 5. miles, I have desired him to get it as near as he can, & I will pay the difference of haulage between the 5. miles & the actual distance at which he shall get it.
PoC (MHi); adjacent to signature: “Mr John Perry”; endorsed by TJ.
In 1805 TJ rejected as extravagant £46.3.9, the price set for a plank order by John Bowie Magruder, of Fluvanna County, and stated that he would pay only £27.8.5 (TJ to Magruder, 14 Nov. 1805 [MHi], 15 Jan. 1812). TJ apparently contracted with Hancock Allen (d. 1807), the owner of a sawmill and rock quarry in Albemarle County, to return the lumber to Magruder (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1155; Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901 description ends , 399).
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