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Your favor of the 13 th was recieved by our last mail. Francis is now here engaged in learning Spanish. I thought he could not employ the winter better. but he has lost much of it at home. I think in a couple of months he may make such progress as that he will be able afterwards to pursue it by himself. I would then rather have him with mr Wood than any other teacher I know, but would much...
Notes for the clear rents of the Upper & Lower fields of Henderson ’s lands 1807. Nov. 17. possession was delivered by John Henderson . D  1808.9. T. E. Randolph pd rent for the Dower house & lands & the upper field 90   he then gave up the lands & paid for the house & garden 60.  consequently the lands had been rated @ 30.  deduct for the Dower lands 15. a s 15
I am sincerely concerned and mortified at the failure of the remittance I had supposed made to you as long ago as March last. I received an account signed ‘ John B. Smyth for W m Duane’ in Feb. consisting of 2 articles to wit the translation 60.D. a year’s subscription for the Aurora to become due May 1 st 16. and on the 18 th of Mar. I desired my correspondents Gibson & Jefferson of Richmond...
I have duly recieved the Connoissance des tems for 1817. & 1818. two copies *I find on reexamn that it is a single copy of Blunt for each of the years 1817.18. that I have rec d of Blunt ’s Nautical almanac for 1817. and Graglia ’s Italian dictionary. I presume Blunt has not yet published his Almanac for 1818. At the time I recieved your favor of Dec. 16. my account with mess
Francis arrived here in good health the day before Yesterday. I think he cannot do better than to take this occasion of learning Spanish, because it is a language rarely taught in this country, and will be of great importance within his day. it is that too in which all the early history of America is written. I suppose he may acquire so much of it in 2. or 3. months as to pursue it easily...
On the subject of the rents claimed from me by the representatives of Bennet Henderson , my grandson desires me to put into your hands what information I have as to the rents for what are called the lower and upper field. I had given him a statement of those recieved from after 1807. when returning home to live I had taken the business into my own hands, and for the period before that while...
Your favor of the 9 th is recieved by our last mail. I have been very long and intimately acquainted with Col o Trumbull , have had the best opportunities of knowing him thoroughly, and can therefore bear witness of my own knolege to his high degree of worth as a man. for his merit as a painter I can quote higher authorities, and assure you that on the continent of Europe , when I was there,...
I am very sensible of the honor done me by the Kentucky Agricultural society , in appointing me one of their honorary members . distance will be one great obstacle to my being of use to them; but a much greater and growing one will be the increasing torpor of age, now sensibly felt in body and mind. should any occasion arise however in which I can serve their institution, I shall do it with...
I thank you, Sir, for the books you have been so kind as to send me. they will afford me amusement as well as instruction. from a general view I have taken of Thomas’s work , it appears, with your aid, to be valuable for family use. without science in Medecine, I am yet fond of it’s philosophical speculations. with these I observe your Medical Register mingles disquisitions in all it’s kindred...
Accept my thanks for the specimen you have been so kind as to send me of the new preparation of mucilaginous substances for clarifying liquors. it is in the neatness of the manner of preparation, and equality of distribution on catgut, I suppose, that what there is of invention in it consists; as the clarifying powers of the mucilages, animal and vegetable, have been always known. I am sorry...
I recieved three days ago a letter from M. Martin 2 d Vice-president am and M. Parmantier Secretary of ‘the French agricultural & manufacturing society’ dated at Philadelphia the 5 th instant: it covered Resolutions proposing to apply to Congress
Understanding that mr Gibson is too unwell to attend to business, I take the liberty of addressing to yourself directly a request of my account from the last period to which it was rendered (Sep. 1 st ) to the end of the year, that I may make my arrangements accordingly.     in my letter of Dec. 28. I mentioned that a purchase of corn would require me to draw about this time for between 500. &...
Your favor of Nov. 25. came during an absence of 2. months in Bedford ; that of the 6 th inst. was recieved on the 10 th In my letter of Jan. 17 th of the last year I promised that in the spring of the present I would pay out of my own resources the debt to Col o Callis ’s estate . this shall assuredly be done as soon as my crop of flour is sold; which however I do not expect will take place...
Our last mail brought me your favor of the 5 th and I hasten to answer by it’s first return. Jefferson Randolph is y not yet returned, so that I am without the benefit of any information thro’ him I inclose you a survey of the roads in question made by the county surveyor for the use of the court on the question of these roads; so I must beseech you to return it to me safely, and as soon as...
Forty three volumes read in one year, and 12. of them quartos! dear Sir, how I envy you! half a dozen 8vos. in that space of time are as much as I am allowed. I can read by candlelight only, and stealing long hours from my rest; nor would that time be allowed me indulged to me, could I, by that light, see to write from sun-rise to one or two oclock, and often from dinner to dark, I am drudging...
I owe you, dear Madam, a thousand thanks for the letters communicated in your favor of Dec. 15. and now returned. they give me more information than I possessed before of the family of mr Tracy. but what is infinitely interesting is the scene of the exchange of Louis XVIII. for Bonaparte. what lessons of wisdom mr Adams must have read in that short space of time! more than fall to the lot of...
I owe you, dear Madam, a thousand thanks for the letters communicated in your favor of Dec. 15. and now returned. they give me more information than I possessed before of the family of mr Tracy . but what is infinitely interesting is the scene of the exchange of Louis XVIII . for Bonaparte . what lessons of wisdom mr Adams must have read in that short space of time! more than fall to the lot...
Forty three volumes read in one year, and 12. of them quartos! dear Sir, how I envy you! half a dozen 8 vos in that space of time are as much as I am allowed. I can read by candlelight only, and stealing long hours from my rest; nor would that time be allowed me indulged to me, could I, by that light, see to write. from sun-rise to one or two aclock, and often from dinner to dark, I am...
Th: Jefferson asks the favor of mr Dufief to inclose a copy of the Commentary on Montesquieu published by Duane in 1811. to mr Adams at Quincy Mass. charging it to Th:J . he salutes him with friendship & respect. PoC ( DLC ); on verso of a reused address cover from
It would seem mighty idle for me to inform you formally of the merits of Col o Trumbull as a painter or as a man. yet he asks my notice of him to my friends , as if his talents had not already distinguished him in their notice. on the continent of Europe his genius was placed much above West ’s. Baron Grimm , the arbiter of taste at Paris in my day, expressed to me often his decided & high...
Our last mail brought me your favor of Dec. 26. the lapse of 28. years which you count since our first intimacies, has diminished in nothing my affection to for you. we learn, as we grow old, to value early friendships, because the new-made do not fit us so closely. it is an age since I have heard of mrs Church . yet her place, in my bosom, is as warm as ever; and so is Kitty ’s . I think I...
Your favor of Dec. 29. came to hand last night, and I am very much relieved by it’s reciept. your long silence had reduced me to despair, which would have been quieted had you sent me earlier the candid explanation you have now given, inasmuch as it would have let me understand the real ground of the delay. I am happy however that you have begun, and that it will be your interest to get it...
You have heretofore known something of jarrings between the Rivanna company and myself. certain claims of right, equal, & even paramount to my own, which they set up to my canal, and whi a work which has cost me 30,000.D. and which would render it’s value almost null to me, oblige me to bring a suit in chancery to quiet my title . I have prepared a bill, but cannot finish it until I can see an...
I lately addressed a letter to mr Thweatt , intended equally for you in a case of my own: I now address this to you equally intended for mr Thweatt , in the case of another. it is to sollicit your attention to the petition of Visc o Philip S. Barziza one of the coheirs of Col o Ludwell owner of the Green spring estate . the mother of the petitioner was sole daughter of
Your favor of Dec. 14. is but just recieved, informing me of your petition to the legislature . I have outlived all my antient acquaintances in that body; but I have two or three young friend s there to whom I write by this mail , and ask their attention to your case. these are mr Thweatt of Chesterfield & Baker of Cumberland in the
A member of a family to which I have been much attached by long intimacies sollicits my asking the notice attention of some of my friends to his petition before the legislature . he is the Viscount Barziza , youngest of two sons of Count Barziza of Venice by the only daughter & heiress of the late mrs Paradise , who was the daughter of Col o
I recieved yesterday your favor of Dec. 16. and hasten by the first return of the mail, to express my mortification that the remittance of 31.D which I had desired Mess rs Gibson & Jefferson to make you in June, and which I had taken for granted was done had however never been done. it must have been ac c identally overlooked by mr Gibson , as in a mass of business happens sometimes with the...
Your favor of Dec. 13. came to hand but two days ago. nothing could be so desirable to me as to have settled in the neighboring village of Charlottesville such a family of artists as is described in mr Hassler ’s letter to you . yet I dare not advise it; because I do not believe they could find employment there. it would be a good stand for a single workman, a real proficient in the...
79Memorandum Books, 1816 (Jefferson Papers)
Jan. 2. Renewed my note in bank of 2000.D. for the 19th. inst. 5. Borrowed of Mr. Leitch 20.D. 7. Sewers 1.D. 8. Hhd. exp. 2.D. 10. Recd. of Th:J. Randolph 50.D. 13.
Convention by the people general suffrage for Delegates freeholders for Senate equal representn. seat of govmt every 10 th year. 100. members. Senators older both houses older pay to be fixed biennial elections Gov r elected by
The lots of Lucy Nancy & Frances below the town at $25 per acre Lucys lot N o 1 between the town & the river at the same The three lots in the upper field at $20 per acre The ends of lots N o 3.4.5 to be back lots
Your favor of the 23 d came to hand last night, and I now inclose you two powers of Attorney , one to be used at each place, and copied verbatim from the form in your letter . I have not attested it before a magistrate, because it would cost me a ride of many miles to find one, which I am not able to take, but it is impossible that this can be requisite for a power of attorney to transfer a...
Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Jefferson of Monticello in the county of Albemarle Virginia do hereby constitute and appoint John Barnes of George town Columbia my true and lawful Attorney for me and in my name to transfer into the name of Thaddeus Kosciuzko , heretofore a General in the service of the United States , and at present of Switzerland , all the stock of the United...
Your favor of Nov. 23. after a very long passage is recieved, and with it the Map which you have been so kind as to send me, for which I return you many thanks. it is handsomely executed and on a well chosen scale; giving a luminous view of the comparative possessions of different powers in our America . it is on account of the value I set on it that I will make some suggestions. by the...
Some Notes on the claim of rents by Frances , Lucy & Nancy C. Henderson . The loss I have sustained by this purchase amounts to the whole value of the lands. it is a fair object in me then to save as much of that loss as I possibly can; it is justifiable to avail myself of every principle of law or equity, which can protect me, and a candid judge, either in law or equity, would give me the...
wrote him a note for the best dict. not larger than 8 vo Ital. & Eng. or Ital. & Fr. the former preferred caeteris paribus. FC ( DLC: TJ Papers , 208:37184); on recto of reused address cover of William Sampson to TJ, 30 Nov. 1816 ; abstract in TJ’s hand; partially dated; subjoined to PoC of TJ to Dufief, 14 Dec. 1816 . Not recorded in SJL .
I have put into the hands of my grandson the papers and notes relative to the rents due to the three younger representatives of the late mr Henderson , and have left to him entirely the settlement of them, and whatever he does I will confirm and execute. he sets out to Richmond this morning, will return on Saturday, & then be always ready to finish the business. I am Sir PoC ( MHi ); on verso...
I lent you some time ago the deed & receipt of John Henderson as to the property of the younger children of Bennet Henderson , which I must ask the favor of you now to send me as it is essential to fix the time when I begin to be accountable for rents, which matter is now immediately to be settled with Cap t Meriwether and mr Wood . have you been able to collect any testimony of the age of...
Your favor of Nov. 30. came to hand some time ago, and I delayed answering that I might acknolege at the same time the receipt of mr Ensor s volumes which you had been so kind as to forward. that on National government with your letter of Nov. 26. were deli forwarded by mr Lovett an by
Your’s of the 11 th is received, as also the 2 d vol. of Pleasan ts’ edition of the laws. the bundle of Edinburg Reviews was sent from Milton at the time formerly mentioned, and are supposed to have been left at a place where the stages are changed. my grandson is now setting out for Richmond
A load of flour was sent off from hence a few days ago, and another will follow within two or three days. that from Bedford is of necessity later, it’s distance from Lynchburg rendering it impracticable to be sent there until they have done all their fall seeding. mr Yancey informs me he will not be able to get his tobacco down till March. My grandson is the bearer of an order for 220.D. and I...
My general aversion from the presumption of intruding on the public an opinion of works offered to their notice has yielded in the present instance to the merit of your undertaking, and to your belief, well or ill founded, that my testimony in it’s favor may be of advantage to it. I have written therefore, in a separate letter , which you are free to publish, what I can conscientiously say on...
On my return from Bedford , after an absence of 7. weeks, I found here your favors of Oct. 28. Nov. 13. 20. & 23. with a copy of the 1 st N o of your Repository. but I found also an immense accumulation of letters recieved during my absence, some of which claimed my first attentions. you know my aversion to the drudgery of the writing table. the great affliction of my present life is a too...
On my return after a long absence I learned that you had been so kind as to send the Collector’s commission to mr Minor , and that he had declined it. it seems he had in the mean time engaged in a business from which he could not withdraw, a circumstance unknown to me when I troubled you on the subject. my thankfulness to you however is not the less. I mentioned at the same time mr Southall ’s...
I recieved in October a letter from mr M c Ilhenny whom you were so kind as to recommend as a watchmaker, informing me he would come on to establish himself at Charlottesville as soon as he could hear from me. I was just about setting out on a journey to Bedford , and answered him therefore by advising him to postpone his coming till my return. he did so, and arrived in Charlottesville by the...
I have to ask your permission to become a subscriber to your ‘ New York public sale report ’ and inclose you a five dollar bill for the first year in advance. it is of the bank of Virginia which I understand is negociable with you at par. be pleased to direct the papers to me ‘at Monticello near Milton .’ and to accept the assurances of my respect. PoC ( DLC ); on verso of reused address cover...
Having occasion to look over my correspondence with mr Minor as Secretary of the Rivanna co. I find that I have either lost, mislaid or returned to him a draught of an Indenture prepared by him and inclosed to me in his letter of Nov. 10. 1810. by turning to that letter which is in my possession, but a copy of it, no doubt, retained by him, you will find a description of the Indenture . could...
I recieved 3 days ago your’s of Dec. 14. and now inclose you an order on Richmond for 94.70 D the amount of my US. taxes in Bedford , which are exactly the half this year of what they were the last. I inclose you also a blank for the lit list of the stock, stating the heads under which they are to be stated.    I am sorry to inform you that the completion of the waggon will be very much...
On my return from Bedford , after an absence of 7. weeks, I find here your favor of Nov. 23. with your magazine for Dec. 1815. for which be pleased to accept my thanks. you request permission to publish extracts from my letter of Mar. 17. 1814. on the anticivism of our professional crafts. on this subject I must observe that I have not now the buoyant spirits of youth which enabled me formerly...
On my return from Bedford after an absence of seven weeks I find here your favor of Nov. 27. I have perused with care and satisfaction your translation of Quesnay ’s treatise on Natural right, and find not a word to alter. the sense thro the whole seems so consistent, that without having the original to collate with it, I have no doubt it has been truly preserved. the blank in the 5 th page,...