Thomas Jefferson Papers

Account with David Higginbotham, 1 August 1813

Account with David Higginbotham

1812 Mr Thomas Jefferson a/c with David Higginbotham
    $ Ct $ Ct $ Ct
Augt 3 To 2lb Powder per note 83 1 : 66      
Cash paid stage driver for bringing up tin   25      
6 〃 8lb 15 oz loaf sugar per note 34 2 97      
〃 140lb bar Iron $11.67, 2 ╳ Cut saw files 41 12  8      
〃 1 sack salt $10 1lb powder 83 10   83 $27 79  
7 〃 1 pain Glass 8 x 10 for bunkers hill per D H   17      
〃 2 Bunches lines. per note 42.   84      
〃 2 Loaves sugar 18lb 34 6 .        
17 〃 200lb spinning Cotton 25. 50     57 01  
25 〃 42lb sugar $7 2lb Tea $5,50 17½lb Loaf sugar $5 84     18 34 $103 14
Sept 11 〃 6 yds linen Cambrick sent you by (Jeff R)     32 50  
18 〃 17½lb Loaf sugar per note 34 5 95      
〃 62lb bro Sugar  21 13 .  2      
〃 1lb fig blue 1,50 1 oz nutmeg 1,50 3 .        
〃 6lb Sugar for Mrs MClure per note 1 26      
21 〃 1 quire paper per Bacon     34 23 57  
26 〃 41lb Bacon for mr Stark per note     6 83 $62 90
28 〃 1 Curry comb 50 1 horse brush 75 per note 1 , 25      
〃 2lb Glover salts 42   84      
〃 2lb tea $6 13¼lb Loaf sugar $4 51 10   51 12 60  
 
Oct 3 〃 1 sack salt 9        
5 〃 6 pair weavers Brushes sent by Jas 4/9 4 75      
〃 547lb Bar Iron per note 6d 45 38      
〃 6 Plough Plates 96 8d 10   67 69 80  
10 〃 68lb bar Iron per note 6d 5 67      
〃 2 Loaves Sugar wt 14lb 10 oz 2/ 4   88 10 55  
12 〃 1 sack salt 9 2lb Tea 6     15    
18 〃 1 Bar Blisterd steel 23½lb     3 99 111 94
    Amount Card forward         $277 98
Oct 20 〃 17 Pains 8 by 10 window Glass 2 83      
〃 1 Cowskin whip 25   25      
〃 ½ yd Linen   63      
〃 1 doz wine Glasses 21 2   52 6 23  
28 〃 3½ yds Drab Cloth per note 10   50      
〃 1½ yds via cloth 50   63      
〃 1 Slip Cold Thread 12 1 doz buttons 42   54      
〃 1 oz nuns thread   34      
〃 48½lb bar Iron 4–4 43¾lb Cheese 7–30 11   34      
〃 7 yds via Cloth 50 3 50      
〃 1½lb tea 4 50   3 awl Blades 4 4   54 31 39 37 62
nov 〃 2 〃 3½lb Putty per note 1/3       74  
10 〃 3 sets steel knitting pins   1/       50  
13 〃 1 Double bolted pad lock       75  
16 〃 9¾ Ger steel per note of Bacon 4  4      
〃 41½lb Iron 6d 3   47 7 51 9 50
25 〃 1½ Bushels salt per note of newby 15/     3 75  
〃 1 Pad lock per Bacon       34  
Deb 2 〃 1 Gallon whiskey per do       75  
11 〃 519 yds Planes per note 5/3 420 . 63      
〃 500 yds best Ticklenburg 43 215        
〃 36 Large Dutch Blankets 21/ 126        
〃 15    19/6 48 . 75      
〃 40 Wool Hats 7/6 50     $860 38 865 22
16 〃 2 sacks salt per note of Bacon 18 .        
〃 31lb bar Iron  6d 2   58 20 58  
19 〃 2 Pair angolo hoes per self 3 , 50      
    〃 80 yds Ticklenburg 34 , 40      
 
    〃 4 Bottles Mustard 1/9 1 , 17      
    〃 1lb salt Petre 6/9 1 hair broom1 3/9 1 , 76 40 83 61 41
    Amount Card forward         $1,251 732
Decb 19 〃 81 yds rolls per reqt & Bacon 2/ 27        
〃 100 W C needles 1        
〃 3 Bed cord per note 4/6 2   25 30  25  
22 〃 6lb Sugar 1 . 25      
〃 100 W C needles 1          
〃 4lb Cold Thread 8        
〃 10lb ozbs Thread 12 50      
〃 3½ yds hemp rolls 1   83 24. 58  
26 〃 25 yds blue cloth per note 31   25      
〃 30 yds Ticklingburg 43 12 90      
〃 6 yds white flanel 4/6 4 50      
〃 6 yds humhams 1/9 1 75      
〃 Cash sent you  10        
28 〃 243lb Bar Iron per note 6d 20   25 80. 65  
31 〃 2 large Phiols Castor oil per note 4/6     1 50 136 98
1813                
Jany 1 〃 3 Hanks silk  8d       34  
〃 3¼ Gals rum   15/ 8 , 12      
〃 4 pair wool cards   7/ 4   67 12, 79  
5 〃 13lb sole Leather per mr Bacon 2/     4, 34  
6 〃 4½ yds Blue cloth per note 18/ 13 50      
〃 28½lb Blisterd Steel 1/6 7   12 20  62  
7 〃 2lb Tea per note 18/ 6        
〃 1lb Pepper 4/6 1lb salt Petre 6/9 1   87 7  87 45 96
  12 〃 4 yds blue Coating per note 24/ 16          
     3½ yds bro  Do 21/ 12 42      
      18 Large Plated Buttons 4/6 1 12      
      1½ yds yellow flanel 6/ 1 50      
      6 hanks silk 8d   67      
      1¾ yds bro holland 3/9 1 20      
      1 oz Cold Thread   12      
      4 yds silk ferret   50      
      10 yds Ticklingburg 4 30      
     lb sole leather per Bacon 1 . 25      
      1 sack salt per note 9        
      1   per Burnley 9        
    paid Mrs MClure per note 6         63  8
              1497 75
 
Jany 14 〃 1 Pair angolo Hose per note 1 75      
〃 10lb 4d Cut nails 3        
〃 3½ Gallons whiskey 3   50      
〃 1 Pint Do     12 8 37  
15 〃 paid stage driver for Bringing up boots         25  
21 〃 3 sack bags per mr Bacon 3        
〃 1 Do    68      
〃 6 yds napt Cotton 3 75      
〃 3 yds ferret     38      
〃 1 Sack salt 9     16 81  
22 〃 8lb German steel3 per note     2   27 43
25 〃 1lb salt Petre per note 1 12      
〃 2 yds Brown holland   3/9 1   25 2 37  
〃 6¾lb sole leather 2 25      
〃 21lb bro Sugar 1/3 4 37      
〃 11½lb Coffee 3   83 10 45  
Feby 2 〃 29lb 3 oz loaf sugar per note 2/ 9 72      
〃 2lb Imperial Tea 6     15 72  
10 〃 10½lb sole Leather per mr Bacon 3 50      
〃 1 half Inch auger 30 1¾ Do 50   80      
〃 1 Cowhide whip 25 1. Reem letter paper 33/ 5 75      
〃 2 hand saw files 1/6 20½lb Iron 1,70 1   95 12 00  
15 〃 2 yds Ticklingburg per Burnley       86 41 40
18 〃 26lb Bro Sugar per note 5   42      
〃 25lb Coffee 8   34      
〃 2 Loaves white sugar 15¼lb @ 2/ 5  8      
〃 2lb Imperial Tea 18/ 6     24 84  
20 〃 1 stock lock & key per self 2 50      
  〃 2 Gallons4 Molases per note 2     4 50  
Mar 1 〃 6lb bro sugar for Mr MClure per note 1 25      
〃 290½lb bar Iron 6d 24 20      
〃 1 smiths fine Polishing file     83 26 28 55 62
    Amt Card forward          1622 20
Mar 4 〃 4 bars Iron 201lb per note @ 6     16 75  
16 〃 6 Spades per mr Bacon     9    
25 〃 14½ quarts whiskey per note       3 63  
30 〃 1 Curry Comb per J Randolph 1 . 25      
〃 4lb 4d Cut nails per mr Johnson      8      
  〃 1 quire Paper per Bacon     34 1 67  
 
April 3 〃 15lb Coffee 2/ 5        
〃 3 Loaves white Sugar 20lb 3 oz 7 54      
〃 1lb 14 oz Tea 18/ 5   68      
〃 3¼ Gallons old spirits 15/ 8   13      
〃 Cash paid Cochran for 30lb bro sugar 6 25      
〃 30lb Spinning Cotton per note 7 50      
〃 3¾lb sole Leather 1   25 41 35 72 40
7 〃 1 Inch auger per note 4/   67      
〃 1 ¾ Inch Do    50      
〃 3 Smith files 3/9 1   89 3  6  
13 〃 1 sack salt per mr Bacon     9    
15 〃 1 Cowhide whip per self     25      
〃 75 yds Ger ozbs 43 32 25      
〃 2 Loaves white sugar 14lb 1 oz 5 86      
〃 Cash paid cochren for ¾lb Tea 2   25 40 61  
20 〃 15lb Coffee per note 5        
〃 20lb 2 oz loaf sugar 8 39      
〃 114lb tin Iron 9   75      
〃 Cash paid Cochran for 30lb bro sugar 6   25      
〃 1 Pair sheep shears per mr Randolph     68 30  7  
24 〃 1 Sack salt per note 9          
〃 1 sack do per mr Ham 9        
〃 2 yds Irish Linen per Miss E Randolph 3   50 21 50 104 24
29 〃 1½lb 6d nails to repair Cot       21  
May 7 〃 125lb bar Iron per Joe 10 42      
〃 6 Plough Plates 90lb @ 8d 10     20 42  
12 〃 1 Curry comb per mr Burnley         42 21  5
    Amt Card forward          1819 89
May 19 〃 2 ╳ cut saw files per self   50      
〃 1 smiths file half round     63 1  13  
〃 48lb Bar Iron per note 4          
〃 1 Curry Comb     42 4  42  
29 〃 paid Mrs MClure per note 4          
〃 3½ Gallons whiskey per Do 3   50 7  50  
June 5 〃 2lb Glover salts       68  
8 〃 2 sets white bone knives & forks per note     8    21 73
9 〃 2 smiths Large files per self 3/9 1   25      
 
〃 1 Do Polishing Do 5/   83      
〃 2 ╳ Cut saw files 1/6   50      
〃 2 handsaw Do 9d   25      
〃 1 Pen knife 50 1 Cider cock 17   67      
〃 6 yds Cotton shirting 4/6 4 30      
〃 22 nutmegs per note 2 64      
〃 1lb alspice 63 1lb Pepper 75 1   38 12   25  
10 〃 1 silk hat Cover per self 1        
〃 50lb bro sugar per note 12 50      
〃 2lb Tea $7 ½ doz bottles mustard $2 9        
〃 4 Loaves white sugar 26lb 13oz 11   18 33. 68  
15 〃 7½lb Sole Leather per mr Bacon 2 50      
〃 1 sack salt per note 9        
〃 4 bed Cords per Do 4/6 3     14  50 60 20
23 117 lb thin tin Iron per note @ 7 11   38      
〃 2 smith files half round 1   25 12  63  
July 1 〃 56lb Bro Sugar per note 14        
〃 4 Loaves white sugar 27½lb 11 37      
〃 2lb Gunpowder Tea 7        
〃 1 Sack salt 9     41  37  
16 〃 13¼lb Putty per note 3 65      
  〃 2 Pad locks     83 4  48 58 48
    Amount Card forward          $1960 30
July 21 〃 2lb Gun Powder Tea per note 7        
〃 28lb 5 oz loaf sugar 11   81 18  81  
24 〃 4 Printed Pocket handkf for Mrs Marks 2   50      
〃 2 Painted Mugs 1        
〃 1 Pewter Bason     83 4  33  
27 〃 4¼lb Blisterd steel per Bacons note     1   6 24 20
              $1984 50
1812    Cr          
Oct 17. By David Higginbotham for fire wood   one year at B. Hill ending 1st oct 12 }       11. 00.  
Feby. 6 By ditto for rent of House at B. Hill }     60  00  
     from 1st Feby 1812 to 1st Feby 1813.      
16 By Cash recd 30th Jany 1813. per barg. }     10    81
     out of a $50. note to replace mony lent    
    Bal due D H 1st Augt 1813         $1903 506

MS (MHi); in Higginbotham’s hand; repeated intermediate sums at head of pp. 2–7 omitted; endorsed by TJ: “Higginbotham David. acct to Aug. 1. 1813”; with MS of TJ’s Notes on Account with David Higginbotham, [3 Feb. 1814], on verso of last page.

jeff r: Thomas Jefferson Randolph. fig blue: soluble blue coloring (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 ). Glauber’s salts (glover salts) are a colorless, crystalline form of sodium sulphate used medicinally and in dyeing. cold thread: colored thread. nuns thread: a fine, white thread (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 ). Angola hose (angolo hoes): stockings made of angora wool (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 ). ozbs (osnaburgs): a coarse linen or cotton cloth (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 ). humhams (humhums): a coarse Indian cotton cloth (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 ). joe: Joseph Fossett (TJ’s slave). TJ borrowed $50 from Higginbotham in January 1812 and a further $10 on 26 Dec. 1812. On 31 Jan. 1813 he recorded the repayment of the mony lent in December (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1272, 1273, 1285, 1286).

1Manuscript: “broon.”

2Manuscript: “$12,51 73.”

3Manuscript: “stell.”

4Manuscript: “Gollons.”

5Correct figure should be $11.82.

6Because of Higginbotham’s error when he totaled his 9 June 1813 entries, the total owed by TJ should have been $1,903.30.

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