Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Daniel Colclaser, 8 August 1817

To Daniel Colclaser

Monticello Aug. 8. 17.


You enquired the other day what number of barrels I should be able to furnish. we have barrel stuff enough in the woods ready cut off to serve two seasons. I have now set mr Goodman’s force to riving and dressing ready to put up, and mean that they shall always get and dress the timber, so that Barnaby & the other two with him shall do nothing but set up. I count on their setting up ready for delivery from 90 to 100. a week, & that they will do this at least 40. weeks in the year, as nothing but harvest or sickness will ever take them a day out of their shop. I therefore count on delivering you 4000. barrels a year. they have 50. in the barn ready for delivery and will begin on Monday to prepare their 90. or 100. a week. I have instructed mr Bacon to give the hauling necessary in this business a preference over every other call. I tender you my best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Colclaser”; endorsed by TJ.

Daniel Colclaser, miller, partnered with Thomas Eston Randolph as tenants of TJ’s flour mill from 1816 until about 1822 (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 ; DNA: RG 29, CS, Albemarle Co., 1820; Newton B. Jones, ed., “A List of Manufactures in Fredericksville Parish, Albemarle County, Virginia, in 1820,” MACH description begins Magazine of Albemarle County History, 1940–  (title varies; issued until 1951 as Papers of the Albemarle County Historical Society) description ends 10 [1949/50]: 25; Edmund Bacon to TJ, 2 Aug. 1822).

Index Entries

  • barrels search
  • building materials; timber search
  • Colclaser, Daniel; as miller search
  • Colclaser, Daniel; identified search
  • Colclaser, Daniel; letter to search
  • Gillette, Barnaby (TJ’s slave; b.1783); as cooper search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; as Poplar Forest overseer search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); coopers at search