VI. Robert Douthat’s Bill for Food and Lodging
|10 Galls oats||12½||1.25|
MS (MHi); written on a scrap in Douthat’s hand; endorsed by TJ: “Tavern bills. 1815.”
Robert Douthat (ca. 1757–1818), innkeeper, merchant, and farmer, emigrated from his native Ireland to the United States about 1784 and eventually acquired land near Staunton. In 1787 he was granted a merchant’s license in Augusta County, and by 1790 he was a county justice of the peace. Douthat was postmaster of Staunton, 1792–94. He also served as a major in the militia. By 1810 Douthat was living in Rockbridge County, where he operated a tavern near Natural Bridge. As of 1812 he was still a British citizen. At the time of his death Douthat owned a personal estate valued at $2,780.63 (Lyman Chalkley, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia [1912–13], 1:248, 252, 253, 481, 523; CVSP description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. description ends , 5:414, 6:51; Axelson, Virginia Postmasters description begins Edith F. Axelson, Virginia Postmasters and Post Offices, 1789–1832, 1991 description ends , 16; Alexandria Advertiser, 27 Nov. 1798; DNA: RG 29, CS, Rockbridge Co., 1810; U.S. Marshal’s Returns of Enemy Aliens, DNA: RG 59, PW1812; Rockbridge Co. Will Book, 4:383–6).
On 20 Sept. 1815 TJ recorded payment to Douthat of $3.37½ for “lodgg. &c.” (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 , 2:1314).
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