Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Johnson, 29 November 1812

To Benjamin Johnson

Poplar Forest Nov. 29. 12.


I intended to have gone to mr Clay’s this morning believing it would tend to ensure his meeting us. but the forenoon was so unlikely that I did not go. I will go tomorrow morning to see him and must therefore request you to put off our meeting till Tuesday morning at the hour & place agreed on. in the mean time to shorten our work after other things shall be settled, I have prepared a deed of Exchange which I inclose for your consideration. besides it’s being the kind of deed specifically proper, it is the only kind of which a single one is sufficient. I salute you with esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Benjamin Johnson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: Agreement with Benjamin Johnson for Exchange of Poplar Forest Lands, 13 Dec. 1812.

Benjamin Johnson owned land in Bedford and Campbell counties and was occasionally instructed by the Bedford County Court to serve on temporary commissions (Bedford Co. Deed Book, 12:308–9; Bedford Co. Order Book, 17:672, 19:240).

tuesday morning was 1 Dec. 1812.

Index Entries

  • Bedford County, Va.; TJ’s lands in search
  • Clay, Charles; TJ arranges to meet search
  • Johnson, Benjamin; lands of search
  • Johnson, Benjamin; land transactions with search
  • Johnson, Benjamin; letters to search