From George Jefferson
Richmond 1st Augt 1811
Mr Thomas Taylor an acquaintance of mine having lately purchased some land near the West-ham ferry, it occurred to me that he would probably purchase the lots which I recollected to have heard you say you owned there.—On mentioning it to him, I found him very anxious to purchase. As the place can never more be of any value as a landing, unless we suppose the Canal to be abandoned, I conclude that you would be willing to sell the lots, since the trifle they would bring would be better saved than lost: if so, be so obliging as to inform Mr Taylor or myself1 of the number you have, and of their numbers.
I have not been able to do any thing with your Tobacco, not even by dividing it as you proposed.
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 Aug. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.
The town of Beverley was located at Westham (west-ham) on the James River, six miles upstream from Richmond (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 , 1:391n, 2:1326n). TJ inherited from his father “4. lots in Beverley town, Henrico. viz. No 57. at the foot of the hill, 107. & 108. on the public road, and 151. includes the ferry landing, being the uppermost lot of the town on the river” (Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, 1953 (in two separately paginated sections; unless otherwise specified, references are to the second section) description ends , pt. 1, 127; TJ to Thomas Taylor, 28 Dec. 1814). The nearby canal around the falls of the James River was completed in 1800 (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 , 2:1326n).
1. Preceding two words interlined.
- Beverly (Henrico Co.); TJ’s lots in search
- Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and TJ’s real estate search
- Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); and TJ’s Westham land search
- Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters from search
- Richmond, Va.; TJ’s lot in search
- Taylor, Thomas; and sale of Westham land search
- Westham, Va.; TJ’s lots in search