Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Randolph Lewis, 20 April 1807

Byrd April 20th. 1807

Dear Uncle

The purport of this is from a solicitation which your Man Moses was desirous I should make known to you, of my removing the 1st. of October next to the State of Kentuckey on the Ohio River five miles from the junction of the Cumberland River, I am persuaded that there is a very great regard and esteem existing with Moses [. . .] his wife, and my wish is, for them to be accommodated by some method of remaining in this country as husband and wife, I have no doubt but what this is your wish also, that they should be gratified and indulged in this pleasure, the only method by which this gratification can be produced is by your approbation in the purchase of this Woman her age is 27 years, she is extremely healthy and faithful, she has too Children both males, the first is 6 years old last Month, the other is four years old last February, and the Woman is now pregnant, the too boys I can assure you are large and healthy my object is not to acquire an extravagant sum for those Negroes, if your conclusion is to make a purchase of them, no difficulty will take place in fixing the value of them, this may be obtained by whatever arrangement you may conceive is right—your answer will be readily received from the Post Office of Columbia in Fluvanna I am Dear sir with great esteem and [. . .] your [. . .]

Randolph Lewis



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