James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 29 August 1800

From Thomas Jefferson

Monticello Aug. 29. 1800.

Dear Sir

Before the reciept of your last favor, mr. McGehee had called on me, and satisfied me that the entry of nails delivered in Aug. & left blank was really of nails charged in July & not then delivered. The misconception on my part arose from imperfect entries made on the reports of mr. Richardson who generally delivered out the nails. I am chagrined at it’s having been the cause of my holding the whole of the 69.23 D of your order on Barnes, when so inconsiderable a portion of it was for me. I now send a statement of our account and the balance of £13–7–2 shall be sent by mr. Barber1 from our court unless a more direct conveyance occurs.

I have recieved no letters of particular information since you were here: nor do I learn any thing lately respecting N. Carolina. The republican papers of Massachusets & Connecticut continue to be filled with the old stories of deism, atheism, antifederalism &c as heretofore & are very silent as to Pinckney. P. Carr yesterday lost his son; & his daughter is understood to be hopeless. Mr. Trist has at length made a purchase of lands, those on which James Kerr lived, on the road to mr. Divers’s, @ 7. D. the acre. A purchaser has offered for Colo. Monroe’s land above Charlottesville @ 6. D. He came from Loudon, with a mr. Craven,2 recommended to me as a tenant by Genl. Mason. Craven has rented 5. fields of me of 100. acres each on this side the river, with all the negroes belonging to the plantation (18 workers) stock, &c. at £350. a year for 5. years. I had before nearly compleated the leasing all my lands on the other side the river. My nailery & the erecting my mill are now to be my chief occupations. I hope to rent the latter advantageously. Lands are rising sensibly here. Several are wanting to buy, & there is little for sale. I imagine we shall hardly be summoned to Washington before the fixed time of meeting. Present my respects to mrs. Madison, & affectionate salutations to yourself.

Th: Jefferson


James Madison junr. to Th: Jefferson Dr.
July 25. }
Aug. 23.
To 23. ℔ IVd. nails } @ 14½d
1. ℔ inch brads
500. 1½ brads @ 12½d pr. ℔ 3—8
26. ℔ Xs. @ 11½d 1—4–11
35. ℔ XVId brads @ 10½d 1–10—7½
1800. May 12. To pd. for Aurora for I. Winston
by yr order
Aug. 10. To remitted S. T. Mason for Holt
&c. by your order
balance due J. M. 13—7—2
Jan. By your order on J. Barnes 69.23 20–15—4½

RC and enclosure (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers); FC and FC of enclosure (DLC: Jefferson Papers). RC franked and addressed by Jefferson to JM “near Orange court house.” Enclosure written on verso of RC.

1James Barbour.

2John H. Craven of Loudoun County, Virginia, leased lands that were part of Jefferson’s Tufton farm, southeast of Monticello (Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 16 Jan. 1801, Betts and Bear, Family Letters of Jefferson, pp. 191–92 and n. 4; Jefferson’s lease agreement with Craven, 22 Aug. 1800 [MHi: Jefferson Papers, Coolidge Collection]).

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