Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Chamberlayne, 4 April 1811

To William Chamberlayne

Monticello Apr. 4. 11.


Your favor of Feb. 6. was duly recieved. I am now beginning to get my crop to market where (Richmond) it will be deposited in the hands of Messrs Gibson & Jefferson for sale, and as soon as the proceeds shall be recieved I will send you an order for the amount of the negro hire as stated below. I have given credit for the time that Tom Buck worked as if he had been a sound hand, and charged nothing but his bread, which I actually purchased (for it was a new plantation) and paid 4. and 5. Dollars a barrel for it. I hope the statement will meet your approbation & tender you the assurance of my great respect.

Th: Jefferson

Tom Lee, Frederic, Tom Buck & Nancy were hired for £50. their separate hire not being fixed. it is usual to estimate a woman at half the value of a man. according to this the 3. men would have been 47. D 62 c each and the woman 23.81.1 but as Tom Buck worked 2. months only his hire would be only 7.95 D as follows

D c
The hire of  Tom Lee   47.62
Frederic 47.62
Tom Buck 7.95
Nancy 23.81    127. Dollars
Cr. by paid James Lewis board & nursing 33. 26
  by pd Dr Everett,2 attendce, operations Etc 24.
  by 2½ barrels of corn @ 4.D. 10.
 Balance due 59. 74  127.

PoC (MHi); between signature and postscript: “Genl Chamberlayne”; endorsed by TJ. Dft (MHi); undated; postscript only.

1Dft to this point reads: “method of settling with Genl Chamberlayne for the hire of Tom Lee, Frederic, Tom Buck, & Nancy. the 4 were hired for £50. = 166.67 reckoning the woman at half the value of a man they would have stood thus.

Tom Lee 47. 62
Frederick 47. 62
Tom Buck <for two months>  47. 62
Nancy 23. 81
166. 67”

2PoC: “Everarett.” Dft: “Everett.”

Index Entries

  • Buck, Tom (slave) search
  • Chamberlayne, William; and slaves of Shackelford estate search
  • Chamberlayne, William; letters to search
  • corn; TJ buys search
  • Everette, Charles; account with TJ search
  • Everette, Charles; treats slaves search
  • Frederic (slave) search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and medical services for TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and slave rental by TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with C. Everette search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; slaves hired search
  • Lee, Tom (Shackelford estate’s slave) search
  • Lewis, James; tends to ill slave search
  • Nancy (Shackelford estate’s slave) search
  • Shackelford, Lyne; estate of search
  • slaves; hired by TJ search
  • slaves; valuation of search