Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Leitch, 13 October 1812

To James Leitch

Monticello Oct. 13. 12.


I avail myself of your kind offer by requesting you to procure for me the articles noted below and I inclose you according to promise a draught on Gibson & Jefferson for one hundred dollars which I am in hopes you will be able to make answer your Northern purposes. accept my wishes for a good journey & the assurance of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

 20. yds green baize of the widest breadth.

 12. yds huckaback.

 6. yds best black everlasting.

 10. gross best velvet corks

200  feet of carriage plating according to the pattern sent, that is to say of the same breadth, & with nails in it.

PoC (MHi); adjacent to signature: “ Mr Leitch”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

everlasting is strong twilled woolen stuff, also called lasting. Corks of the highest quality were classified superfine, or velvet (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • baize search
  • carriages; plating for search
  • corks; velvet search
  • everlasting (fabric) search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and household articles acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and TJ’s bank and promissory notes search
  • household articles; corks search
  • huckaback (fabric) search
  • Leitch, James; letters to search
  • Leitch, James; TJ orders goods from search
  • textiles; baize search
  • textiles; everlasting search
  • textiles; huckaback search