Thomas Jefferson Papers

Account with Isham Chisholm, [ca. 1 May 1812]

Account with Isham Chisholm

[ca. 1 May 1812]

  Isham Chisolm in Acct with Th:J.  
To balance due on nail acct 29/4 =  4 .89
1812. Mar. 10. To cash 20  
23. By 13. days pursuit of Jas Hubd @ 2.D   26.
Apr. 5. To cash 5 .
6. To do 20 .
15. By 9. days pursuit of Jas Hub @ 1.D   9.
By jail fees 16/   2. 67
By his subsistence on the road   2.
By premium promised   25.
To balance thro’ E. Bacon 14 .78    
  64 .67 64. 67

MS (MHi); written entirely in TJ’s hand on a reused address cover to TJ; undated; endorsed by TJ: “Chisolm Isham.” Dft (MHi); written entirely in TJ’s hand on a different reused address cover to TJ; undated; with Chisholm’s debits arranged vertically above his credits; endorsed by TJ: “Chisolm Isham”; subjoined to TJ’s Notes on Expenses, [ca. 1 May 1812].

Isham Chisholm (d. 1837), a farmer in Albemarle County, worked occasionally for TJ. Earlier in 1812 TJ sent him to Lexington, Virginia, in unsuccessful pursuit of TJ’s runaway slave James (Jame) Hubbard. On a second trip for this purpose, Chisholm apprehended Hubbard in Pendleton County (now West Virginia) and brought him back to Monticello. At his death he owned property valued in excess of $4,000, including twelve slaves (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 , 2:1268, 1297; TJ to Reuben Perry, 16 Apr. 1812; Account with Reuben Perry, 10 Dec. 1813; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 12:461–2, 470–1).

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; pays I. Chisholm search
  • Chisholm, Isham; account with TJ search
  • Chisholm, Isham; identified search
  • Chisholm, Isham; TJ pays search
  • Chisholm, Isham; tracks runaway slave search
  • Hubbard, James (Jame) (TJ’s slave); capture of search
  • slaves; fugitive search