Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Mitchell’s Agreement to Grind Wheat for Thomas Jefferson, 2 December 1814

William Mitchell’s Agreement to Grind Wheat

Lynchburg Decr 2nd 1814

I am willing to grind Mr Thomas Jefferson,s present1 Crop of wheat on the following terms VIZ, I will give a Bble of fine flour for every five & half bushells wheat. Or I will give a Bble Superfine flour for every Six bushells wheat or fifty Cents Extra on every Bble Sfine flour which ever Mr Jefferson may perfer

[. . .]

Wm Mitchell
per Jno. McAllister Jr

MS (ViU: TJP-ER); in McAllister’s hand, with lower left portion of page torn away, presumably to cancel the agreement through the removal of TJ’s signature; endorsed by TJ: “Mitchell Wm Lynchbg Dec. 14. 14.”

John McAllister, the namesake son of a Revolutionary War veteran, worked for a time as a clerk at the Lynchburg firm of William & Reuben Mitchell. Having served as a private in the Virginia militia during the War of 1812, he was promoted to lieutenant in 1817. McAllister became an attorney and migrated successively to Indiana and Illinois (John Meriwether McAllister and Lura Boulton Tandy, eds., Genealogies of the Lewis and Kindred Families [1906], 333; Ruth H. Early, Campbell Chronicles and Family Sketches Embracing the History of Campbell County, Virginia, 1782–1926 [1927], 280; Campbell Co. Will Book, 4:314–6; Campbell Co. Order Book, 12:194).

1Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • flour; milling of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; William Mitchell’s Agreement to Grind Wheat search
  • McAllister, John, Jr. (of Lynchburg); as proxy search
  • McAllister, John, Jr. (of Lynchburg); identified search
  • Mitchell, William; and TJ’s wheat search
  • wheat; ground for TJ search