Thomas Jefferson Papers

Robert B. Sthreshly to Edmund Bacon, 13 October 1813

Robert B. Sthreshly to Edmund Bacon

[. . .] October 13 1813


on reflecting upon your offer considering it to be a good one I have determined to take it That is you may have your choise either to give me the 19/. cash or 20/. on the—160 Days this you can determine me either by the bearer John who is going to mill or by some other opportunity in the course of the Day the corn to be taken from the Stack in the course of November and early in December my head man Seems to think I shall certainly have 100. Blls for sale but in case of an accident we will say from 80 to 100 Blls

I am Sir your most obt

Robert B. Sthreshly

RC (MHi); one word illegible; addressed: “Mr Bacon manager for Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ: “Sthreshly Robert.”

Robert B. Sthreshly (d. 1835), merchant in Port Royal, Caroline County, owned ten slaves in 1810. He expressed an interest in purchasing William Short’s Indian Camp plantation in 1811–12 but settled instead on a property on Moore’s Creek about one mile west of Monticello. In 1816 Sthreshly sold this possession to William D. Meriwether and moved to Kentucky. He acquired land near the town of Henderson in the winter of 1816–17 and was still living there in 1830. Sthreshly died in Louisville (DNA: RG 29, CS, Va., Caroline Co., 1810, Ky., Henderson Co., 1830; TJ to Short, [26] July 1811, 26 Apr. 1812; Albemarle Co. Deed Book, 18:215–6, 20:122–3; Sthreshly to TJ, 24 Feb. 1817, 6 May 1823; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 7 Dec. 1835).

On this day TJ recorded the purchase from Sthreshly of “100. Bar. corn @ 20/ paiable 160. days after delivery.” On 2 May 1814 he drew on Gibson & Jefferson “in favr. of John Perry assee. of Rob. B. Sthreshly for corn bought ante Oct. 13. for 230.D. paiable the 10th. inst.” (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 , 2:1294, 1299).

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; buys corn for TJ search
  • Bacon, Edmund; letters to from R. B. Sthreshly search
  • corn; TJ buys search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • John (R. B. Sthreshly’s slave) search
  • Perry, John M.; TJ pays search
  • Sthreshly, Robert B.; identified search
  • Sthreshly, Robert B.; letter from to E. Bacon search
  • Sthreshly, Robert B.; sells corn to TJ search