Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 13 November 1811

To George Jefferson

Monticello Nov. 13. 11

Dear Sir

Mr Mckinney tells me I misunderstood him when I considered a part of the flour formerly shipped as destined to pay me a quarter’s rent: but he yesterday sent off Johnson’s boat with 50. barrels to be delivered to you on my account. it will probably arrive before this letter. be pleased to recieve and sell it for the best price you can, as I do not know the state of the market, I fix no limit: and the rather because a number of neighborhood debts have been waiting for this remittance, and have obliged me to draw on it this day as follows

D c
in favour of  D. Higginbotham  74. 17
Isham Chisolm 35.
Watson &. Vest 44. 57

to these I must pray you to add for mrs Hackley 85.D. which I owe her. she will be in Richmond when you recieve this and for a day or two after, and I will thank you to send the money to her, as I have not given her an order. I mentioned before that she would send one or two small bills to you for things she was to purchase for me. ever affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

P.S. any articles of mine may be trusted to Johnson to bring up.

PoC (DLC: TJ Papers, ser. 10); above postscript: “Mr G. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ.

SJL records a missing letter from TJ to Jefferson of 16 Nov. 1811. On 21 Nov. 1811 Gibson & Jefferson indicated that the firm had “received of Thomas Jefferson Esqr per mr Wm Johnson Forty Seven Barrels Superfine & three Barrels fine flour,” and that the tolls paid on the 50. barrels came to $5.21 (MS in DLC; in James Ligon’s hand; endorsed in an unidentified hand as Gibson & Jefferson’s “Rect” of that date). TJ was reimbursing Harriet Randolph hackley for “a set of Liverpool china” she had bought for him (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 , 2:1271).

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • Chisholm, Isham; TJ pays search
  • flour; received as pay search
  • flour; transported to Richmond search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); flour sold for TJ search
  • Hackley, Harriet Randolph (Richard S. Hackley’s wife); makes purchases for TJ search
  • Higginbotham, David; TJ pays search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); and goods for TJ search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters to search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters to accounted for search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); payments made for TJ search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); sells TJ’s flour search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); carries flour to Richmond search
  • Ligon, James; clerk for Gibson & Jefferson search
  • McKinney, James; and Shadwell mills search
  • rent; from Shadwell and Lego search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour shipped to search
  • Shadwell mills; managed by J. McKinney search
  • Shadwell mills; rent for search
  • Watson & Vest (Milton firm); TJ pays search