Thomas Jefferson Papers

William P. Newby to Thomas Jefferson, 13 January 1812

From William P. Newby

Tufton. January 13th 1812


you found on my return that I had not Stated the number of Hogs kill’d we ware not done killing at the time the return was filed. I now present to you the number with the total wt

 No 1. 40 Hogs wt 4.9671
 No 2. 22 do wt 1.8382 Small hogs

Wm P. Newby

Measure of the barn.

30 feet Long

26 feet, wide

 2 feet deep with corn

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); addressed: “T. Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ: “Newby Wm P.”; with calculations by TJ adjacent to postscript:

1560 f.
1248 bush
÷ 5 250 .barr. corn
½ 125 .”

William P. Newby (ca. 1789–1857) was a native of Lancaster County who served as overseer at TJ’s Tufton farm after the departure of William McGehee in mid-November 1811 and before William Ballard took this position at the beginning of December 1813. Negotiations to return Newby to TJ’s employ as an overseer at Poplar Forest in 1815 failed. He settled in Culpeper County and at his death left a personal estate appraised at slightly more than $27,000, including approximately twenty-six slaves (TJ to Thomas Mann Randolph, 26 Aug. 1811; TJ to Newby, 20 Jan., 21 June 1815; Newby to TJ, 22 Apr. 1815; DNA: RG 29, CS, Culpeper Co., 1820, 1850; Culpeper Co. Will Book, T:556–7, U:58–68).

TJ’s papers include a brief, undated memorandum by Newby consisting of measurements for a “New corn house 11 feet wide 11 feet 4 In Long 9½ feet deep” (MS in MoSHi: TJC-BC, in Newby’s hand and signed by him; written on a scrap from one of TJ’s address covers; endorsed by TJ: “Newby Wm P.”).

1TJ here added a calculation: “128 ℔ averge.” The correct figure is 124 pounds.

2TJ here added a calculation: “83 ℔ averge.”

3Below this number TJ added a calculation: “110 ℔ average.”

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