Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson: Memorandum to Jeremiah A. Goodman, 12 May 1812

Memorandum to Jeremiah A. Goodman

[Mem?]m for mr Goodman.


[as?] soon as the green swerd seed is ripe, have [som?]e gathered by the negro children1 and sowed on all the naked parts [of the?] mound, and then cover those parts lightly [with s]traw first, & brush laid over that.

[if m?]ore seed could be gathered by the children it might be sowed in the fall or spring in the square round the house where the green swerd has not as yet taken.

have strong stakes 12.f. long stuck by such of the young trees as grow crooked, and tie them up to the stake in as many places as necessary.

I promised mr Caruthers of Rockbridge to give him a ram & ewe lamb of this year <but as the lambs are all cut,> I believe if he should send, we must give him one of our rams, and a ewe lamb, and turn out another ram for ourselves the next year.

1812. May 12.2

weed the gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries & rose bushes.

sow lettuce the 1st of June.

bottle the beer

MS (ViU: TJP); written entirely in TJ’s hand on a narrow sheet of paper; upper corner torn away. Not recorded in SJL.

1Preceding four words interlined.

2Remainder of text written in a different ink.

Index Entries

  • alcohol; beer search
  • beer; bottled search
  • Caruthers, William; and merino sheep search
  • children; slave search
  • food; gooseberries search
  • food; lettuce search
  • food; raspberries search
  • food; strawberries search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; memorandum to search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; Poplar Forest overseer search
  • gooseberries; at Poplar Forest search
  • lettuce; seeds search
  • merino sheep; and W. Caruthers search
  • overseers; at Poplar Forest search
  • overseers; TJ’s instructions to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); Overseers at; TJ’s instructions to search
  • raspberries; at Poplar Forest search
  • roses search
  • seeds; lettuce search
  • sheep; at Poplar Forest search
  • slaves; and child labor search
  • slaves; and work plans for Poplar Forest search
  • strawberries; at Poplar Forest search