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During the unexampled spell of hard weather which we had in Jan. & Feb. and March , I thought it better not to send the waggoners on the road, and especially as Milly and her two young children were to come back with them. but it has been with inexpressible regret that I have been obliged to retain them latterly while these fine ploughing days were passing. but the necessity of bringing corn...
The waggons arrived yesterday forenoon with every thing safe except that Jerry left one of his mules dying on the road. this I dare say was the effect of poverty, which is the stamp of all our animals here. they have no forage short or long but what he I buy, and people are now talking of 8. and 10.D. a barrel for corn. I hope, if there is to be such another year, I shall not live to see it. I...
I send off Nace and Philip this morning to assist in your harvest, and intended to have set out myself, but am prevented by the lameness of one of my horses. I am in hopes he will be fit for the road in 2. or 3. days more, and that I shall be close on the heels of the bearers. we begin to cut rye this day and on Monday our wheat will be in order. it is recovered from the fly more than we ever...
When I left you I counted with certainty on being at Poplar Forest during the last week at the latest; but the decision on my road here which comes on in our court to-day or tomorrow has detained me. to that is now added the difficulty of keeping our workmen at the College together so as to ensure the finishing it. this depends on their diligence for one fortnight more within which time the...
Dick arrived here on Friday night with every thing safe. he yesterday he rested of course with his relations and to-day being Sunday he will start tomorrow. Phill will go immediately into the smith’s shop. Hanah ’s Billy is in the Cooper’s shop, and as soon as he can make a good barrel he shall return to Poplar Forest . he is too ungovernable. if what flour you have is not gone to Richmond ,...
It being now high time to try the experiment of burning our stubble fields as a means of destroying the brood of the fly deposited in them, and ready the first warm spell to come out and lay their eggs in the new wheat, I take up my pen to state to you the method as going into practice here. you take a still day, and burn a margin all round the field sufficient to secure the fences. then the...
Your’s of the 5 th has been recieved. I prefer sending the flour to Richmond . it is more convenient to concentrate all my funds in one hand; and it also increases confidence in my correspondent , so that if at any time I have occasion to overdraw, he knows himself sure of recieving the funds. Lynchburg too is no wheat market. while they were offering 9/ there it was & is 13/6 and 14/ at...
According to promise I now inclose you mr Morris ’s and Maj r Pollard ’s reciepts for their 1 st instalments to the Central College . I shall set out tomorrow for the meeting at Rockfish gap , and when our business is done there I shall go on to the Warm springs . I shall probably be back the last week of August, and be with you a fortnight after. I salute you with friendship and respect. PoC (
I am lately returned from the Warm springs with my health entirely prostrated by the use of the waters. they produced an imposthume and eruptions, which with the torment of the journey back reduced me to the extremest weakness. I am getting better, but still obliged to lie night and day reclined in one posture, which makes writing all but impossible. the visitors of the college meet the 1 st...
When I wrote to you on the 11 th of Sep. I confidently hoped to recover my health and strength to be with you long before this. but I am not yet able to go out of the house: and altho’ much recovered, I shall not have strength for the journey until it will be too cold to undertake it. I shall not therefore see you until April . in this case I must pray you to act in all things for the best...
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Bill for Capt Martin   10. joists  8. by 10.I.  24.f. long clear of bad knots windshakes & cracks. heart of poplar. 10. d o 4   by 10.I.  24.f. long. heart of poplar clear of bad knots. 5. pieces 6.I. square 16.f. long. heart of poplar. 500.f. sheeting plank. poplar. PoC ( MHi
I agreed the last winter with mr Matthew Brown of Lynchburg for the execution of certain brickwork at the Central College , for which he was to be paid the price at which similar work should be done in Lynchburg this present year 1818. that price is now to be settled, and as all the evidence on the subject must be found in Lynchburg or it’s neighborhood, to which place I shall not be able to...
Your letter of the 18 th Dec. was not recieved till the 28 th . that of the 24 th came at the same time which proved that the first had lost a week at some of the intermediate post offices, and often they lose a fortnight. the bringing home some corn detained the waggon till now. it carries up some doors for the house which should be put in one of the rooms where they will be kept dry, and a...
The waggons arrived here on Wednesday a little after the middle of the day. we were under extreme sufferance for the want of a short job of hauling, and I thought it better to set both about it that they might go back together; and the rather as every day’s stay enabled Johnny Hemings to add another plough frame. they will accordingly carry you three made on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, and...
On settling up the affairs of the year I find I shall again be mortifyingly deficient in meeting the demands which 3 years of war, and 4. years of Goodman & Darnell have accumulated on me an unwillingness to break in on testimentary provisions made for my family has hitherto prevented my relieving myself, by some sale of property from the pain of witholding the money of others, which they...
Your favor of Feb. 19. was recieved the 1 st inst. as was also the joint letter from yourself & mr Radford. I now inclose you an order for 55 D. 65. cents the balance which you mention as due for the taxes of the last year. I did not send you an order for the whole taxes at the time because I did not know their amount and expected you would have noted it to me. I shall take care to pay your 2...
The sale of my tob o in Richmond has been so miserable (averaging but 5.D) out of which the transportation is yet to be deducted that I do not think what remains on hand (if not already sent) ought to be sent there; and that you had better get what you can for it at Lynchburg where it’s intrinsic character is better known. The proceeds may be paid to mr White in part of his last year’s wages....
I recieved on the 21 st your letters of the 10 th and 13 th and learn with much concern the deaths and sickness among our people. at one plantation here we are in worse condition, 16. being now laid up with the nervous fever of whom two have died, Milly Sall’s daughter wife of Barneby, and a child of Rachael’s. they have not well enough to attend ed the sick. this puts it out of my power to...
Your letter of the 3 d did not get to Charlottesville unti last night. I had written to you on the 30 th of Oct. by mr Bishop who said he would deliver it in 2. days. I presume you recieved it soon after yours of the 3 d the cart now carries up the window irons for John Hemings and I inclose you a note of instructions for him, it carries a map also, to be stripped of the straw and put away in...
Henry delivered your letter and all the articles entrusted to him safely on Tuesday night. I now inclose you a list of the cloathing to be given to every one of the people according to their ages, also of the blankets and beds to be given this year, which you will find in the columns headed 1819. I have given the columns of the last and next year, to shew those who recieved the last year and...
Having got my endorsement for mr Nicholas arranged with the bank of the US. all to the recording of the deed, which I have promised them to have done, I inclose it to you for this purpose; and wishing to be punctual with them I will pray you to get it done immediately by the clerk and send me his certificate that I may forward it to them. they have given 2. 3. & 4. years for the payment of...
Dec. 11. 19. wrote to Joel Yancey by Henry going with 2. mules to bring John Hemings E t c. & tools. that J. H. must put away all remaining stuff, first making a list of it for me that I may know what will be wanting for next year. send preserved preaches by him request Hepburn to come, see our streams, site & building & give a bill of scantling. I will pay the time & expence of the journey....
In my letter by Jerry I forgot to request you to send by the waggon the barrel of biscuit also, as before spring it will become mouldy probably and spoilt. With respect to the canal, I look to the grinding plaister as the thing which is to produce us crops and improve our lands. and that therefore we should think it a lasting compensation for shortening a particular crop somewhat. yet I would...
I inclose you a bill of sawing which I must get you to have done by Cap t Martin; and the earlier it is pressed the better, because water may fail, and it ought to be seasoned for the Fall’s use. I have 3 days ago been enabled by a swell in the river and breaking up of the ice to send down some flour. it is the 1 st moment it could be sent since July. allowing a little time for the sale I...
I send this by mr Coffee, who going on to Columbia in S. C. passes by Lynchburg, and proposes to call at Poplar Forest, he is an eminent artist in statuary & painting and a very estimable man, and will call at P. F. to see the house and if he should find it convenient to make a stage of it, or a short resting place, I should be glad that Hanah should accomodate him there the best she can, & mr...
I confidently expected to have set out for the Forest on the 15 th or soon after, under the known necessity however to be here again the 1 t week in May. but one circumstance after another has turned up to delay me untill time has so advanced that were I now to go, I could stay not more than 3. or 4. days. I must therefore defer it 2. or 3. weeks more. Never were such times seen as we have now...
I now inclose you an order on mr. Gibson in favor of mr. Hepburn for 50.D. It is the first moment it has been in my power. not knowing his Christian name I have left a blank for it to be inserted. I am still uncertain as to the time of my setting out for Poplar forest, tho extremely anxious to do so. under this uncertainty I leave it to mr. Hepburn to come on immediately or await my visit to...
In my letter of the 12 th inst. I left to the convenience of mr Hepburn whether he would come on immediately, or await my visit to Bedford; but the time of that visit is become so uncertain, and the pressure of my want of him here is so urgent, that I must pray you to press on him to come on immediately, as the distress for some of my work is so great that every day’s delay is a serious thing....
Since my letter by mr Burwell I have recieved from mr Gibson an account of the sale of my Tob o he says 13 hhds were refused, the others very much stained and the quality of the tob o inferior. it averaged 5.82 and deducting carriage it will be 5 ½ D. on this trial of the Richmond market, we must give it up as to what remains with you, and I will pray you to sell it for what you can, and remit...