Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles Blagrove, 27 May 1812

To Charles Blagrove

Monticello May 27. 12.


In a suit in Chancery brought against me by a Samuel Scott of Campbell, I have occasion of a document from the Register’s office, of the purport of the inclosed, duly authenticated. I believe I recieved the inclosed from the register’s office some 14. or 15. years ago, but of this I am not certain. it’s defects are an error in the signature of Richard Smith, instead of Richard Stith, this last being the true name of the Surveyor, & the former a mistake of the Copyist: and that the paper wants a due authentication from your office. I will thank you to furnish me with this document duly authenticated & without delay, directed to me near Milton by post, as I am pressed for an answer which waits for this paper.

I have reason to believe that the plat & certificate of this very land (therein called 99. acres) was returned to the Secretary’s office by mr John Wayles in 1773 or within a few years before that, as transferred to him by Richard Stith. the discovery of such a paper, if returned to the office, would be decisive, and therefore I must request a search for it. the fees for these services will be paid you on presenting your ticket to mr Gibson of the house of Gibson & Jefferson in Richmond. Accept the assurance of my respects.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViU: TJP); at foot of text: “Mr Charles Blagrove Register”; endorsed by TJ.

Charles Blagrove (d. 1814) became register of the Virginia Land Office in Richmond in 1810 and served in that capacity until his death. Blagrove left an estate that included 2,400 acres in Ohio, twenty-seven shares of stock in the Farmers’ Bank of Richmond, and three slaves (WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892–  description ends , 2d ser., 10 [1930]: 87; JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia description ends , 1809–10 sess., 48 [1 Jan. 1810]; JSV description begins Journal of the Senate of Virginia description ends , 1814–15 sess., 6 [15 Oct. 1814]; Vi: Mutual Assurance Society, policy no. 388 [3 Nov. 1813]; Henrico Co. Will Book, 4:398–9; Richmond Enquirer, 20 Aug. 1814).

For the enclosed 23 Dec. 1795 plat and survey by Richard Stith (mistakenly rendered richard smith by the copyist), see first enclosure to TJ to James Martin, 18 Feb. 1810.

Index Entries

  • Blagrove, Charles; and TJ’s land dispute with S. Scott search
  • Blagrove, Charles; identified search
  • Blagrove, Charles; letters to search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and legal services for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; dispute with S. Scott search
  • Scott, Samuel; TJ’s land dispute with search
  • Stith, Richard; as Campbell Co. surveyor search
  • Virginia; Land Office search
  • Wayles, John (TJ’s father-in-law); and Campbell Co. land search