Monticello 8th. November 1807
Davy sets out for Washington to day. he brings 150 Aspen Giants—I have baught my Corn of three men as heare mentioned Mr Craven 100 barrils at two dollers the barril Robert Teril 100 barrils and Before I baught Terils I baught of Robert Burress 20 Barrils and Teril had a hundred for sale and would not Brake the Quantity for less than $2 the Barril. it Being the Driest fall I ever saw Has made Corn very dry so it would not swink much and as we had our Porke to fatten I considerd 20 barrils more than you directed me would not Be a miss I Give Teril and Burress ten shillings and six Pence the Barril Payable first of January Also have Baught 10000 Pounds fodder at 3/. which Money will be wanting in about 7 weeks. the Balance of My fodder I shall Get of Craven With Respect of the three Jobs Stewart was to do. I beleave it will Be Impossople to Get him to do them the old man has never done one or not more than one days work sence you Left heare he is Eternally drunk and like a Mad man—in Case you should moove the shop would it not be best Sir to have the nailry and shop at one house then Joe would all ways be in Place whare he would Get Assistance from the nailry and do the nail Tools with out any Ill Conveniency Also it would Be more Convenient to haul Coal to one Plaice than twoo
I am at Present at wirk in the Garden having done the Jobs at the mill Except the Hoopers shop and belts house and the head Gate. Mr. Maddox broke his Arm some time Past and could not wirk. he Says he will do the walls soon as he Gits well I applyed to Mr Peyton for Corn and his reply was he could not spare any from his own Crop but he had or was to have some from a Tenant and would let me have His Part of the Tenants rent. I have Seen the Tenant and he says he shall not make more than 30 Barrils in his hole Crop and Mr Peytons Part was the forth of that for rent from this it appears we shall Get not more than one Waggon load of Corn from Mr Peyton—I will Get all I can from him I dont think of nothing more at Present. But am Sir yours Truly
ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers.