Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Renting Natural Bridge for Manufacture of Shot, [ca. November 1814]

Notes on Renting Natural Bridge for Manufacture of Shot

[ca. Nov. 1814]

Natural bridge.

principles for renting for shot manufacty

a shot tower of 160.f. height costs 7000.D. the Natural bridge, & it’s adjacent banks being more than 200 f. high, will require a building of not more than 1000.D. to wit to hold the furnace, kettles or cisterns Etc

this is a saving then of 6000.D. in each site, which gives the measure of the value of each site, and belongs fairly to the proprietor.

The tenant therefore being spared 6000.D. of capital, or in other words borrowing from the proprietor his site worth 6000.D. should pay the interest of that sum as rent, holding it however rent free until he shall by the suspension of rent be reimbursed the thousand D. expended in the building, which after that becomes the property of the owner of the site.

MS (MHi); written entirely in TJ’s hand on verso of portion of a reused address cover from Patrick Gibson to TJ; undated. This document, located after the pertinent chronological volume was published, will appear in the concluding supplement to the print edition.

A shot tower is “a tall round tower in which small shot are made by dropping molten lead from the top into water” (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 ).

Index Entries

  • cisterns; at Natural Bridge search
  • household articles; pots search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and lease of Natural Bridge search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; rent due TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Notes on Renting Natural Bridge for Manufacture of Shot search
  • lead; for shot search
  • manufacturing; shot towers search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; and shot manufactory search
  • Natural Bridge, Va.; lease of search
  • pots; kettles search
  • rent; from Natural Bridge search
  • shot manufacture search