Lease of Firewood Rights to James Marr
These presents Witness that the subscriber Thomas Jefferson has leased to the subscriber James Marr.—of the town of Milton, a right in common with other lessees, to cut & take away sufficient firewood for one fireplaces from the lands of the sd Thomas Jefferson on the South side of the road leading thro & from Milton towards Colle, for the year which began on the 1st day of October last past, & ending the 1st day of October of this present year 1813. the said James Marr —yielding & paying to the sd Thomas Jefferson five—Dollars on the 1st day of October closing the year which he covenants to do. and it is further agreed that this lease, & on the same conditions, shall continue from year to year until notice to the contrary be given by either party to the other. Witness their hands this 6th day of1 Febuary 1813.
|E Bacon||James Marr|
MS (lithographic facsimile in Pierson, Jefferson at Monticello description begins Hamilton W. Pierson, Jefferson at Monticello: The Private Life of Thomas Jefferson, From Entirely New Materials, 1862 description ends , opp. p. 82); in TJ’s hand, with blanks filled in by Marr rendered in italics above, signed by Marr and Edmund Bacon, with TJ’s signature as well as his own in Bacon’s hand. MS (ViU: TJP); blank form entirely in TJ’s hand; with unrelated calculations in an unidentified hand on verso.
TJ’s overseer Edmund Bacon later recalled that he had used a blank form supplied by TJ to make similar contracts on his behalf with other Milton residents (Pierson, Jefferson at Monticello description begins Hamilton W. Pierson, Jefferson at Monticello: The Private Life of Thomas Jefferson, From Entirely New Materials, 1862 description ends , 81–2).
1. ViU MS ends here.