Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Lease Agreement with William Johnson, 17 January 1811

Lease Agreement with William Johnson

It is agreed between Thomas Jefferson and William Johnson that the said Thomas shall permit the sd William to occupy during this present year 1811. the tenement below Milton which he has occupied for some years, in lease, for which he shall pay the sd Thomas a rent of sixty dollars on the last day of the year; and that the land shall be divided into three equal shifts, of which one shall not be cultivated this yearΛ and further that the said William shall keep and deliver at the end of the year the houses & fences in as good order as they are at present. Witness our hands this 17th day of January 1811.

Th: Jefferson
Wilam Johnson

note. this tenement contains 50. as

MS (MHi); in TJ’s hand, signed by TJ and Johnson; endorsed by TJ: “Johnson Wm lease for 1811.” Not recorded in SJL.

William Johnson was a Milton waterman who carried goods to and from Monticello between April 1799 and at least 1820 (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 , esp. 2:1001, 1276, 1362; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 32 vols. description ends , 31:93; TJ to George Jefferson, 1 Apr. 1811; Johnson to TJ, 12 Jan. 1814).

1Preceding ten words added in pencil by TJ and keyed to text above with carets.

Authorial notes

[The following note(s) appeared in the margins or otherwise outside the text flow in the original source, and have been moved here for purposes of the digital edition.]

Λ Λ and but one of the other two in Indian corn1

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); identified search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); lease with TJ search
  • Milton, Va.; watermen at search
  • rent; agreement with W. Johnson search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search