Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s Agreement with Thomas Eston Randolph & Company, 19 September 1816, with Thomas Jefferson’s Note, 18 October 1816

Agreement with Thomas Eston Randolph & Company, with Jefferson’s Note

Shadwell Mill 19th Septr 1816—We agree to deliver to the order of Thos Jefferson Esqr Six hundred bushels of Shipstuff at eighteen-pence perer bushel to be deducted from the first quarters Rent—and to be deliver’d vizt 200 bushels in the second week of October next,—200—on the 1st Novr and the remaining 200 on the 1st Decr

Thos Eston Randolph & Co

[Note by TJ:]

1816. Oct. 18. there being a misunderstanding as to the within, we rescinded it, and agreed that I should be furnished by mr T. E. Randolph with 600. bushels certain of shipstuff, and that I should have the offer of as much more as he shall have to spare all to be paid for at two shillings the bushel, cash or barrels @ 40. cents as should suit me.


MS (MHi); written on a small scrap, with recto in Randolph’s hand and verso in TJ’s hand, including his endorsement: “Randolph Thos E.”

shipstuff is inferior wheat flour (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

  • flour; as rent search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and lease of Shadwell mills search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); agreement with TJ search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); and Shadwell mills search
  • rent; from Shadwell mills search
  • Shadwell mills; and T. E. Randolph search
  • Shadwell mills; flour from search
  • Shadwell mills; lease of search
  • Shadwell mills; rent for search
  • Thomas Eston Randolph & Company (Shadwell Mill, Va.); agreement with TJ search