Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Taylor to Thomas Jefferson, 19 December 1814

From Thomas Taylor

Richmond 19th December 1814.—


I duly received your letter dated the 7th Inst and immediately informed mr Wilson of your claim to 4 or 5 lots of ground in Beverley Town, which is certainly the very center of the little Tract of land he Contemplated selling on the 15th—Mr Wilson is of opinion that the Right to lots in that Town, Reverted to the original proprietors.—from whom he says he purchased, and they having Conveyed to him a general Warrantee—does not seem disposed to admit Your Claim—we did not offer the land for sale, or I shou’d have made Known (Publicly) Your Claim—You will see in the Enquirer, the land, immediately opposite, and on the Chesterfield side of the River, advertized to be sold in the first week in January next—this Tract, I beleive includes the Ferry landing on that side of the River—I have been appointed to make sale of this land altho’ I have not seen either of the Gentlemen whose names appear to the advertizement—beleiving it to be as much my duty to protect the purchaser, as it is to procure the best price for the seller—I will esteem it a favour Sir, to Know from You; if Your interest in the Ferry extends to the South side of the River, or if it is Your opinion, the Ferry can be now Established at this place against the wishes of the present incumbents.—I shall with great pleasure do any thing in my power to serve You—.

I am Sir, with Very great respect Your Obt Servt

Thos Taylor

P.S. mr Wilson admits that our much respected, and departed friend George Jefferson had notified him of Your claim, but thinks he Claimed only one lot.

RC (MHi); postscript adjacent to signature; at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 27 Dec. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

According to the newspaper advertizement, on 2 Jan. 1815 Taylor was to auction off 400 acres in Chesterfield County fronting on the James River and belonging to John H. Smith, Peter F. Smith, William Watts, and Jordan Smith (Richmond Enquirer, 17 Dec. 1814). TJ had evidently notified Thomas Wilson of his claim to lots in Beverley through George Jefferson in 1811 (Jefferson to TJ, 1 Aug. 1811).

Index Entries

  • Chesterfield County, Va.; proposed sale of land in search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); and TJ’s Westham land search
  • Richmond Enquirer (newspaper); advertises sale of Chesterfield Co. land search
  • Smith, John H.; Chesterfield Co. landowner search
  • Smith, Jordan; Chesterfield Co. landowner search
  • Smith, Peter F.; Chesterfield Co. landowner search
  • Taylor, Thomas; and sale of Chesterfield Co. land search
  • Taylor, Thomas; and sale of Westham land search
  • Taylor, Thomas; letter from search
  • Watts, William; Chesterfield Co. landowner search
  • Westham, Va.; ferry and landing at search
  • Westham, Va.; proposed sale of search
  • Westham, Va.; TJ’s lots in search
  • Wilson, Thomas; and Westham land search