To Jeremiah A. Goodman
Majr Flood’s Nov. 14. 1814
I forgot to take a note of the debt due for corn about Christmas; also the debts for the two horses. be so good as to let me know by mail, how much they are, to whom due, & when to be paid. I forgot also1 to desire a clover lot to be made at Bear creek where we proposed.—with respect to the Asparagus bed, of which I spoke to mrs Goodman, make them mow off the stalks and lay them one side, then cover the bed with 2. inches of dung, and then lay on the stalks again to shade the manure from the sun.
Burwell went to Lynchburg on Friday and I gave him a 5. dollar note to get changed that I might have it on the road. he bought 2½ dollars worth of something in mr Benjamin Perkins’s store and the young gentleman in the store gave him in change a silver half dollar & the two dollar bill now inclosed, which Burwell gave me with other change for my five dollars. I never looked at the bill till I went to pay for some oats at Hunter’s & found it to be a South Carolina bill which nobody will recieve. I suppose it has been given by the young gentleman thro’ inadvertence and the servant not being able to read, took it without knowing it to be not current here. I presume it will be taken back on your application: but if there is any hesitation, just throw it in the fire, as the sum is too insignificant to make any difficulty about, only that one does not like to give five dollars for three. accept my best wishes,
RC (NNGL, on deposit NHi); at foot of text: “Mr Jeremiah A. Goodman.” Not recorded in SJL.
On 14 Feb. 1815 TJ asked Patrick Gibson to send Goodman $60 so that he could pay for the horses “bought payable Mar. 1” (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 , 2:1306). On the day before the above letter was written, TJ purchased some oats for seventy-five cents at Robert Hunter’s ordinary in Campbell County (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 , 2:1304).
1. Word interlined.
- agriculture; and fertilization search
- asparagus search
- Bear Creek plantation (part of TJ’s Poplar Forest estate); clover cultivation at search
- Christmas; mentioned search
- clover; at Poplar Forest search
- Colbert, Burwell (TJ’s slave; b.1783); and change for TJ search
- corn; TJ buys search
- crops; clover search
- currency; and change for TJ search
- Gibson, Patrick; payments made for TJ search
- Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; as Poplar Forest overseer search
- Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; letters to search
- Goodman, Mary Clarkson (Jeremiah A. Goodman’s wife); and asparagus bed search
- horses; TJ purchases search
- Hunter’s ordinary (Campbell Co.; proprietor Robert Hunter) search
- Lynchburg, Va.; stores in search
- oats; purchased by TJ search
- overseers; TJ’s instructions to search
- Perkins, Benjamin; store of search
- Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); asparagus grown at search
- Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); clover grown at search
- Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); Overseers at; TJ’s instructions to search
- South Carolina; currency search