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From Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 8 May 1804

To George Jefferson

Monticello May 8. 1804.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 25th. Apr. came to hand only yesterday. I am contented with the sale of my tobacco at 41/. but am uneasy at the account given me of it’s quality by mr Craven. if you think it’s quality was such as ought not to have commanded the price, I authorise you to make whatever abatement you think just to the purchaser. you are to place 19,000. ℔ of the tobacco made here by Craven at my order.1 I sent you the manifests. 1615. ℔ of it are to be at his disposal. perhaps it would be well to set apart for him the hhd No. 206. 1610. ℔ nett, as it is so near his part. I have given him 6½ D. for the 19,000. ℔. so we must wait till I shall sell so as that I may not be loser. he assures me it is very fine. I shall write to my manager in Bedford on the manner of handling his tobacco. I am to pay you 200. D. for Craven Peyton. he wrote to me some time ago, but his letter went to Washington after I had left it, & came here but lately. I set out tomorrow for that place. the mistake as to the surplus quantity of mr Macon’s hams is very acceptable. a store of them is no sore. Accept my affectionate salutations.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I have this moment been obliged to draw on you in favor of Craven Peyton for [50] dollars. should there be no prospect of reimburs[ing] yourself this and the balance due before [in] a short time by a sale of the tobacco I will [rem]it the sa[. . .] [. . .] Washington.

PrC (MHi); faint; at foot of text: “Mr George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

George Jefferson’s favor of 25 Apr., recorded in SJL as received 7 May, has not been found.

sent you the manifests: TJ to Jefferson, 6 Apr. To the list of hogsheads of tobacco raised by John Craven, which TJ recorded in his financial memoranda at 6 Apr., he added that the hogshead numbered 206 was to be “set apart for J. Craven himself.” TJ appended to this note calculations indicating his purchase of the remainder of Craven’s tobacco at the rate of 39 shillings per hundredweight, or £370–12, and Gibson & Jefferson’s subsequent sale of it at a rate of 40 shillings, a profit of £9–10 (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1124).

TJ’s letter of this day to Burgess Griffin, his manager in bedford County, has not been found.

200. d. for craven peyton: see Peyton to TJ, 29 Mch.

1Preceding three words interlined in place of “to my credit.”

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