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Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, 26 August 1811

To Thomas Mann Randolph

Monto Aug. 26–11—

Dear Sir

I told Newby that I should refer to yourself entirely the choice of an overseer, but that before the evening I would write to you on the subject. I was just going over to Goodman’s, to make some enquiry about his brother, Tomlins, Etc. he tells me it is a brother whose name I have forgot who drinks. I think it began with an F., but that Nathan is perfectly sober, good humored towards the negroes; & he thinks him equal as a manager to any man in the county. if he will come at all to Tufton, he will take 200. Dollars. Tomlins, he says, has been brought up in the school of the Garths, & is excessively severe; otherwise a very good manager; but his severity puts him out of the question. he is to go tomorrow, to engage for me at Lego, a man of the name of Ham: who has lived long at mr Durrett’s, and is of the best qualifications & dispositions. between Nathan Goodman, Newby & their competitors for Tufton, you must be so good as to decide as you think best.

Your’s affectionately

Th: Jefferson

RC (CtY: Franklin Collection); addressed: “Colo Thos M. Randolph”; endorsed by Randolph. Not recorded in SJL.

A letter from TJ to Randolph of 15 July 1811, not found, is recorded in SJL, as are missing letters from Randolph to TJ of 22 Sept. 1811 and 17 Mar. 1812, both received on the date they were written.

Index Entries

  • Durrett, Mr.; overseer of search
  • Garth family; treatment of slaves by search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; and Tufton overseer search
  • Goodman, Nathan; as possible overseer at Tufton search
  • Ham, Elijah; as overseer at Lego search
  • Lego (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); overseers at search
  • Newby, William P.; Tufton overseer search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and overseer for Tufton search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); letters from accounted for search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); letters to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); letters to accounted for search
  • Tomlins, Mr.; as possible overseer at Tufton search
  • Tufton (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); overseers at search