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George Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson, 1 September 1809

From George Jefferson

Richmond 1st Septr 1809

Dear Sir

I some days since sent on your two dogs by Thomas Becks, having paid him 2$ for their feed, & for his trouble in carrying them up—as he said he was short of provisions, & had nothing to spare them. he promised to feed them well, & to take great care of them. I likewise forwarded by Becks the stolen trunk. I have not heard the particulars of the trial, but am told that the thief was sentenced to be whipt & to be burnt in the hand.—

Becks likewise took charge of your groceries from Gordon’s.

I am Dear Sir Your Very humble servt

Geo. Jefferson

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 Sept. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.

In Richmond on 29 Aug. 1809 Gibson & Jefferson paid thomas becks two dollars to deliver “one Trunk & Two shepherds Dogs” to TJ (Tr of receipt in MHi; unsigned; at foot of text: “Duplicate”; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Mr Becks”; endorsed by TJ as a letter from George Jefferson; with unrelated calculations by TJ on verso). On 11 Sept. 1809 TJ paid Becks $8.43 for delivery of “groceries &c.” (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 , 2:1247). He compensated Becks for similar services sporadically between 1798 and 1816 (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 ).

Index Entries

  • dogs; shepherd search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and animals acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and food acquired by TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); payments made for TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); transports goods search
  • Gordon, Trokes & Company (Richmond firm); supplies groceries to TJ search
  • groceries; suppliers of search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); and goods for TJ search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters from search
  • Ned (J. B. Couch’s slave); trial of search
  • trunk, lost in return from Washington; returned to TJ search