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Shadwell Mill 19 th Sept r 1816 —We agree to deliver to the order of Tho s Jefferson Esq r Six hundred bushels of Shipstuff at eighteen-pence ⅌ er bushel to be deducted from the first quarters Rent—and to be deliver’d viz t 200 bushels in the second week of October next,—200—on the 1
Th: Jefferson , with his respectful salutations to mr Palmer , returns him the inclosed letter, which has not been called for as mr Palmer expected. PoC ( MHi ); on verso of reused address cover of Joseph Dougherty to TJ, 25 Nov. 1816 ; dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: enclosure to Palmer to TJ, 23 Oct. 1816 .
I recieved by the last post your letter of the 9 th expressing your desire to study half the day in your own room rather than in the school, if mr Gerardin’s consent should be obtained; & I have consulted your father on the subject. we both find ourselves too much uninformed of the regulations of the school to form a proper judgment on this proposition. if it would break through any rule which...
I ought perhaps sooner to have informed you that mr Crav. Peyton had assigned to me your note for 201.49 D to which is to be added the rent of the last year . the present is merely to give this information, as I shall set off tomorrow for Bedford & be absent some weeks. having some heavy paiments to make at our March & April courts any aid towards these would be acceptable, without meaning...
Your favors of Mar. 9. and 23. are both safely recieved and I shall with pleasure write to the President on the subject of the last. this I do merely because it is your wish, being satisfied the President can need no excitement in your favor beyond his own knolege & approbation of the uniform line of your conduct. We are here in a state of close blockade, tantalized indeed with propositions of...
Your favor of Jan. 19. is recieved, and with it a copy of the 2 d edition of your Naval history, for which be pleased to accept my thanks. I subscribe willingly for a copy of your History of the US. and shall readily render you any service I can towards the procuring information. Richmond is the present deposit of our public records, which however sustained great losses by wanton destruction...
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to Mess rs J. & Thomas Foster for the Prospectus of their paper. he would willingly have become a subscriber, but that, attached to reading of a very different kind, & to other pursuits, he has ceased to read newspapers & consequently to subscribe for them. he prays them therefore to recieve this apology, with his best wishes for the success of their paper &...
Your favor of 24 th Feb. was recieved a few days ago. soon after the date of mine to you of Jan. 3. your’s of the 1 st of that month came to hand, as also the volume forwarded with it: for which be pleased to accept the renewal of my thanks, and the confirmation of the favorable expectations I had formed of it’s contents. Every appearance warrants the expectation that the scenes in which you...
Your carriage arrived here last night only, having been detained some days at Edgehill by the late rains & consequent rise of the river. all the donations which you have been so kind as to charge on it have arrived in perfect order; and being to set out tomorrow for Bedford , this day will be employed in setting out the plants. by the return of the carriage I shall send you three or four...
Your favor of Oct. 1. came duly to hand, and in it the Memorial which I now return. I like well your idea of issuing treasury notes bearing interest, because I am persuaded they would soon be withdrawn from the circulation and locked up in vaults & private hoards. it would put it in the power of every man to lend his 100. or 1000.D. tho’ not able to go forward on the great scale and be the...
Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Jefferson of Monticello in the county of Albemarle in consideration of my affection to my grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph of the same place & county have given to my said grandson four negro slaves to wit Thruston the son of Isabel , Bec daughter of Mine r va , Lewis
My friend Doct r Barton proposes, for the benefit of his health, to try a sea voyage and the air of Europe . he will certainly visit Florence , and not improbably Leghorn . he is one of the Vice presidents of the American Philosophical society , and of the Professors of the University of Philadelphia , distinguished by his writings in the physical sciences. should he visit Leghorn , I ask for...
I am now entered on my 69 th year. the tables of mortality tell me I have 7. years to live. my bibliomany has possessed me of perhaps 20,000. volumes. of these there are probably 1000. which I would read, of choice, before I should the historical, genealogical, chronological, & geographical Atlas of M. Le Sage . but it is also probable I shall decamp before I get through 50. of them. why then...
Your favor of the 8 th was recieved on the 14 th inst. and I now inclose you fifty Dollars, my portion of the fee for your report, with many thanks for your patient & candid attention to this case, and great satisfaction at the prospect of seeing it terminated in my time. Accept the assurances of my great esteem & respect. PoC ( DLC ); at foot of text: “M r Thomas Ladd”; endorsed by TJ. Ladd’s...
I have duly recieved your letter of May 30 . and am very happy to learn that your manufactory of solid shot is likely to get into operation; while their quality will command a preference in the private demand, there can be no doubt but the same circumstance will ensure you the public supply. having other occasion to write to the president I have with pleasure added a recommendation of yourself...
About 18. months ago (Sep. 1814) I proposed to you a work on political economy by mr Tracy of Paris , for translation & publication, the original MS. being in my hands unpublished. you could not undertake it till the then ensuing spring, and I thought I ought not to wait so long. after trusting to Duane , and being continually put off, he at length informed me he had got it translated, but had...
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Gimbrede and his thanks for the very elegant Cameo he has been so kind as to send him. he considers it as a flattering mark of the indulgence with which mr Gimbrede has been so good as to contemplate his public conduct, and it adds to the consolation he recieves from the testimony of the worthy that the purity of his intentions, at least, has atoned...
I have subjoined to the lease an acknolegement that the rent of the next year is payable in flour as you desired . I wish I could, even by possibility postpone the October payment to January. but I shall not have one Dollar through the remainder of this year but the rent of the mill, having exhausted all other funds, even of credit, in the purchase of corn, and oats, by the total failure of my...
I have this morning written to the Secretary of the navy , to sollicit a midshipman’s warrant for Mann . the bearer of this letter carries that to the post office so that it may go by tomorrow’s mail. it was more direct and certain to address it at once to the Secretary of the navy , and I have requested him to inclose the warrant to Mann , at Baltimore to the care of George Stevenson . I...
The bearer of this, mr George Flower , is an English gentleman farmer, on a tour thro’ the US. to look for a settlement fo r his family and friends. he wishes to see examples of the best farming as adapted to the circumstances of our country. on this ground I take the liberty of asking him to call on you, as he will see those examples in your own, and the neighboring farm of mr Wickham . in...
In answer to the enquiries in your letter of Feb. 22. I have to observe to you that the constitution of Virginia has undergone no formal change, nor recieved any formal amendment since the date at which it was passed. altho passed by the ordinary legislature, & elected for ordinary legislation only, (for the establishment of a government had not been contemplated at the time of their election)...
The bearer mr George Flower is an English gentleman farmer, on a tour of the US. to look for a settlement for his family and friends. he was the travelling companion of mr Birkbeck thro’ France in the tour we possess, and brings me letters from M. de la Fayette and de Lasteyrie who speak in the highest terms of his worth. he is well informed of the affairs of Europe , and particularly of...
I duly recieved your favor of the 14 th Ult. covering a paper containing proceedings of the patriots of S. Carolina . it adds another to the many proofs of their steady devotion to their own country. I can assure you the hearts of their fellow citizens in this state beat in perfect unison with them and with their government. of this their concurrence in the election of mr Madison & mr Gerry at...
I have duly recieved your favor of Apr. 23. M r Shoemaker’s lease of the Shadwell mills does not expire till this day twelvemonth. in the mean time however he has sold the residue of it, after the present month to a mr M c Kenny of Culpeper . no renewal of the lease will probably take place till towards the close of the present term. I am Sir PoC ( MHi ); at foot of text: “M
Your letter of Aug. 29. is just now recieved, having lingered long on the road. I owe you much thankfulness for the favorable opinion you entertain of my services, & the assurance expressed that they would again be acceptable in the Executive chair. but Sir, I was sincere in stating age as one of the reasons of my retirement from office, beginning then to be conscious of it’s effects, and now...
Altho’ I have not heard yet of the actual sale of my flour, yet in the hope it has taken place, and urged by some of my corn contracts, I have been obliged to draw on you this day in favor of W m Steevens or order for 105.D. which will probably be presented to you with this advice. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect. July. 9. the draught for 105. was taken in & one f g iven for 70.D....
Your favor of the 1 st has been recieved, and altho’ it was incomprehensible to me what certificate the clerk of Henrico could want as to the deed to which you were a witness , yet I sent it to the clerk of Albemarle , who might know better. I reinclose you the deed with his answer. it is certain that the clerk of Henrico has taken a mistaken view of the subject, which I hope he will correct,...
Your favor of the 8 th has been duly recieved. not being certain that I form a correct idea of the character of the state papers you propose to publish and to what extent your views may go, I will notice & observe on them specifically. 1. Diplomatic correspondence. the whole of this in MS. is doubtless in the office of State. the parts not heretofore permitted to be made public, would not, I...
The inclosed biographical Notice of our late minister mr Barlow was prepared for some of the public papers of Europe , and has been forwarded to me by one of it’s authors . you will see subscribed to it as much of their names as they chuse to communicate. I inclose it to you supposing it possible you might think it worthy of translation and of publication in your paper. when done with I shall...
Your favor of yesterday is recieved. the deed in question is one from Charles Henderson to Craven Peyton , executed in 1804. to which you were one of 3. witnesses. the other two proved it in due time, but it lies still unrecorded for want of your attestation. as I now hold the land under that deed, I have wrote to ask the favor of you to attend our court in order to compleat the proofs and...
The account rendered to-day is perfectly satisfactory, as the not having known of the 9. barrels of family flour subsequent to the last account , had alone excited doubt and a wish for you to examine it. I inclose you a statement as I suppose the account now to stand PoC ( MHi ); on verso of reused address cover of John Adams to TJ, 30 Sept. 1816 ; at foot of text: “M r T. E. Randolph ”;...
In my letter of the other day I mentioned that the credit of 122.50 D for corn formerly bought from mr Bankhead as mentioned by Col o T. M. Randolph , was correct, and reduced our balance to 176.26½ D since that, having occasion to pay mr Fagg 49.58 D and not having the money, he told me it was due to you, & that an order on you would answer his purpose, which accordingly I gave him, & it...
From the account you were so good as to furnish me I make out the inclosed statement for the last & present year. as to the first year is of flour specifically, both the crop and rent being consisting of flour only. the balance 67. Barrels. the 2 d year’s account being for flour as to the crop, and money as to the rent, I carry on the balance of 67. Barrels to the flour acc t of the 2 d year...
In mr Scott’s suit against me for the lands I sold Harrison a meeting is appointed to take depositions at mr Claxton’s on the lands of Yancey & Bradford , formerly a part of this tract, on Wednesday next, the 9 th inst. at 10. aclock in the forenoon. I have to request the favor of you to attend this meeting, as I wish to take your deposition as to some things which passed at the resurvey at...
I recieved yesterday your notification in the suit of Gilliam v. Fleming that you should proceed to a settlement of the accounts on the 1 st of Aug. at your office. no person can be more anxious for a settlement than myself. for altho’ my interests being balanced on both sides, I have none at all in the result, yet having been for 30. odd years the depository of the papers, & more intimate...
Thomas E. Randolph in Account with Th: Jefferson D r Cr. D 1809. May 15. By balance on account to this day due T.E.R. 7.41 1810. Jan. 1. To rent of Lego for 1809 160.00
Th: Jefferson returns mr Ritchie thanks for the copy of mr Wood’s New theory of the rotation of the earth which he has safely recieved. he thinks he was indebted to mr Ritchie some time ago for a copy of Peter Plimley’s letters also, and that he has failed to make his acknolegements for it. he begs him now to recieve them, and to assure him that he has rarely met with such a treat. he...
Your favor of the 10 th inst. has been duly recieved & I now return you the paper it inclosed with some subscriptions to it. I go rarely from home, & therefore have little opportunity of promoting subscriptions. these are of the friends who visit me, and if you will send their copies, when ready, to me, I will distribute them, and take on myself the immediate remittance of the price to you. I...
Reflecting on the immense current of business which will be passing through your mind this week, & that it will probably sweep away the traces of much of what we discoursed on on Saturday, I have concluded to comply with your request to commit to writing some of the topics of our case. I have done it hastily & briefly, by way of notes, & under the confusion of a considerable indisposition...
Your favor of July 7. is recieved, with the papers inclosed. the testimonies they furnish of a favorable remembrance, by my fellow citizens, of my endeavors to serve them, are highly gratifying. you are so kind as to ask particularly after the habitual state of my health. it is generally as good as at my age (of 71.) ought to be expected, and not such as to threaten too long a protraction of...
My letter of Jan. 8. conveying my thanks to the Society of Artists of the US. for having thought me worthy of a place among their associates, could scarcely have reached your hands, when I recieved your second favor announcing the further honour of being named their President. the gratification of this mark of their partiality to me would have been high indeed, could it have been mixed with...
The watch had arrived safe and was entirely approved. I should have acknoleged it, but expected you would forward a seal and deferred my answer that I might at the same time remit you for that & the balance of 3.D. which I observe due on your bill . to remove suspence I now mention this with the assurance of my respect. PoC ( MHi ); at foot of text: “M r Tho s Voigt”; endorsed by TJ. Voigt...
I am venturing on a measure with respect to my grandson Francis on which I would have consulted you had it occurred to me before I had the pleasure of recieving you here . I think however you will approve of it, as I am sure his father will, and I take on myself all the responsibility of it to him. French is now become an indispensable part in modern education. it is the only language in which...
I have duly recieved your favor of the 8 th inst. informing me that the American Philosophical society had been pleased again unanimously to re-elect me their President. for these continued testimonies of their favor, I can but renew the expressions of my continued gratitude, and the assurances of my entire devotion to their service. if in my present situation, I can, in any wise, forward...
Our last post brought me your favor of the 11 th informing me that the American Philosophical society had again done me the honor of electing me to their Presidential chair. I feel continued gratitude for these repeated marks of their good will, & consider them as renewed obligations to devote myself to their service in any way in which they can make me useful. I regret indeed that the...
I think I stated to you, while here, the case of mr Craven Peyton , my neighbor, whose brother, John Peyton , had died in your territory, leaving personal property there. another brother Lieut t Peyton , took out administration, put the business into the hands of mr Duncan a lawyer, who became his security for the administration, recieved the proceeds of the effects of the deceased and refuses...
Doct r Patterson informs me that the time piece you have been so kind as to make for me, is now ready, and advises with me as to the sending it during the present blockade of the Delaware & Chesapeake . I have written to him that I would rather it should not be risked until the coast becomes safer; and have expressed a wish that in the mean time he would take it to his house, and with the rod...
I have duly recieved your favor of Dec. 22. informing me that the Society of Artists of the US. had made me an honorary member of their society. I am very justly sensible of the honor they have done me, & I pray you to return them my thanks for this mark of their distinction. I fear that I can be but a very useless associate. time, which withers the fancy, as the other faculties of the mind...
I have really placed myself in a very mortifying situation before you with respect to Tracy ’s book. I shall state the case. when I recieved information from mr Duane that he could not print it, mr Millegan of Georgetown happened to be here. I proposed to him to undertake it, and promised, if he would, that I would revise the translation. he agreed to it, and the more readily as he said Duane...
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of mr Ritchie to insert in his paper the underwritten Notice as often as the rules of the assembly require it to be done; and to place the cost in Th:J ’s account for newspapers which mr Ritchie recieves at such epochs as he pleases from mr Gibson . it is on behalf of a friend who is not in the way to have it done for himself. he salutes