To Henry Flood
Monticello Feb. 21. 12.
Your letter of Jan. 29. is just now recieved, having been three weeks on the road. I have this day written by the mail to my overseer at Poplar forest to send off two boys on horseback with bags as soon as he recieves my letter. I shall probably be on myself nearly as soon as he will be sending for the seed, and will leave the price of it with you as I pass. with my thanks for your attention to this matter be pleased to accept the assurance of my esteem & respect
PoC (MHi); salutation faint; at foot of text: “Majr Flood”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to Henry Flood.
Henry Flood (ca. 1756–1827) operated a tavern in Buckingham County where TJ often dined or stayed the night when traveling to and from Poplar Forest. Noah Flood also kept a tavern, located about 11½ miles from the former, and which establishment is being referenced is not always clear (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. 2:1161, 1305; Chambers, Poplar Forest description begins S. Allen Chambers, Poplar Forest & Thomas Jefferson, 1993 description ends , 140–1; Richmond Enquirer, 24 July 1827).
Flood’s letter to TJ of Jan. 29, not found, is recorded in SJL as received from Buckingham on 19 Feb. 1812.