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Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Household Consumption, 3 June 1809–23 October 1811

Notes on Household Consumption

  1809.
June 3. a beef purchased Apr. 15. weighing the 4. quarters 637 ℔
and another supposed to weigh about
have lasted to this day, to wit 7. weeks. this is about 20.℔ of beef a day.
Aug. 27. the two Canteens of brandy from Leitch.
Aug. 29. 25.℔ brown sugar recd from Leitch Aug. 22. now out. there has been much company. this is 3½ ℔ a day
29. recd 25.℔ from Leitch.
Sep. 7.1 groceries from Gordon & Trokes opened. see their lre of Aug. 29.
 
Nov. 30. the wood box in my bedroom holds ¹⁄₁₀ of a cord, and in 9 days, partly excessive cold, partly very moderate was used twice full, which is a cord in 45 days = 6½ weeks
    the box was filled  Nov. 22. 26. 30 Dec. 5. 12. 15. 18. 23. 28. 31.
Jan. 5. 13. 19. 22. 25. 27. 29. Feb 2/2. 3. 5. 8. 13. 20. 28.
Mar. 10. 16. 22/2.
Dec. 4. agreed to take of mrs Lewis 16. young geese @ .5. and 12. Turkies @ .66 also fresh butter thro’ the winter
1810.
Apr. 22. statement of cyder made in November last.
  1. cask of Taliaferro cyder was bottled & served thro’ the winter to this day.
    in March we bottled  460.  bottles more  of Taliaferro
72   of red Hughes
532 
making in the whole about 175. gallons.
May 2. recieved from Richmond 4. quant quart bottles of olive oil; being entirely without. they probably contain about three real quarts. June 12. it was out. which is at the rate of a pint a week.
June. 15. recd 12. similar bottles of do of 1½ pint each = 18. pints: will of course last till about the last of Sep.
July 16. recd from Leitch 35.℔ brown sugar & 3. galls Fr. brandy
Aug 2. recd from do 25.℔ coffee
  3. recd from Leitch 25 ℔ brown sugar.
  ℔ cotton
18. 50.℔ brown sugar & 3. galls brandy from Leitch 2 galls whisky
Sep. 28.  2 loaves sugar from Higginb.
29. 25.℔ brown do from do
Oct. 13.   2. loaves sugar from Higginb.
  20. 20 ℔ coffee D. Hig
  23. 25.℔ brown sugar } from do
 2.℔ tea
Nov. 7. 50.℔ brown sugar. 20.℔ coffee from Hig
12.   2 loaves sugar Hig
24.   2. canteens Fr. brandy.
Dec. 10.   2. loaves sugar
25.℔ coffee
 
    1.℔ black pepper2
 1811.
Jan. 10. 50.℔ brown3 sugar. this proved full of sand } Higginb.
 2. loaves white sugar
25.℔ coffee
23.   4.4 loaves white sugar. Hig.
  27. 50.℔ brown sugar. Watson and Vest.5
Mar. 5.  2.℔ tea } D.H.
 2. loaves white sugar
50.℔ brown do
6. 50.℔ brown sugar } Watson & Vest
 4. cheeses 96.℔
13. 50.℔ coffee } D.H.
   2. loaves sugar
  23. a hhd molasses D.H. @ 3/ + carriage. 90 gallons.
200.℔ cotton.
  28.   2.℔ tea } D.H.
 4. loaves sugar
  1.℔ black pepper
 
May. 26.  2. loaves sugar. D.H.
30. 50.℔ brown sugar } D.H.
20 ℔ coffee
June 22.  2. loaves sugar } D.H.
50.℔ brown do
25.   2.℔ tea
July 7.  2 loaves sugar. D.H.
  28   2 do do
Aug. 3. 20 ℔ coffee. do
26. 50.℔ br. sugar
 2. loaves white
  2.℔ tea.
Sep. 10. 50.℔ brown sugar
 2. loaves white
  1.℔ race ginger. 1 oz. mace. 2. oz. cloves
15.   2.℔ tea
 2. loaves sugar
20.℔ coffee.
Oct. 4.   2 canteens Fr. brandy from Leitch
23.   2 ℔ tea.
 2 loaves sugar
  50.℔ brown do

MS (MHi); written entirely in TJ’s hand on both sides of a single sheet; with Notes on Household Consumption, 21 Feb. 1815, subjoined.

race ginger: ginger root (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

1Reworked from “6.”

2Recto ends here.

3Reworked from “coffee.”

4Reworked from “3.”

5Manuscript: “Velt.”

Index Entries

  • alcohol; brandy search
  • alcohol; cider search
  • alcohol; whiskey search
  • beef; TJ purchases search
  • brandy; French search
  • butter; ordered from M. Lewis search
  • cheese; TJ orders search
  • cider; apple search
  • cloves search
  • coffee; TJ purchases search
  • cotton; purchased by TJ search
  • firewood; TJ measures use of at Monticello search
  • food; beef search
  • food; butter search
  • food; cheese search
  • food; geese search
  • food; molasses search
  • food; turkey search
  • geese; TJ purchases search
  • ginger root search
  • Gordon, Trokes & Company (Richmond firm); and groceries for TJ search
  • groceries; purchased by TJ search
  • groceries; suppliers of search
  • Higginbotham, David; TJ orders groceries from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Notes on Household Consumption search
  • Leitch, James; TJ orders goods from search
  • Lewis, Mary Walker (Nicholas Lewis’s wife); sells victuals to TJ search
  • mace (spice) search
  • molasses; provided to TJ search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); household consumption at search
  • oil; olive search
  • olives; oil search
  • pepper; black search
  • spices; black pepper search
  • spices; cloves search
  • spices; ginger root search
  • spices; mace search
  • sugar; brown search
  • sugar; loaf search
  • tea; ordered for Monticello search
  • turkeys; purchased by TJ search
  • Watson & Vest (Milton firm); TJ orders groceries from search
  • wood; firewood search