To George Jefferson
Monticello Aug. 29. 1801.
Yours of the 24th is recieved and the articles [forwarded partly] brought here & the [rest] at Milton. the money recieved for mr Short must be remitted to mr Barnes as he is just about making an [investment] for him. I must still pray you to [avail] yourself of any opportunity which may offer of purchasing hams for me. the money for my last crop of tobo. became due on the [24th.] inst. and I presume is at your command. I must pray you to send me immediately a state of my account, as I have occasion to make an appropriation of what I can command. will you [also] inform me whether the sellers of coal will suffer it to be [picked?] for a large quantity such as 1000. or 2000. bushels, & what will be the [price]. accept assurance of my constant & high esteem.
PrC (MHi); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
On 31 Aug., George Jefferson wrote TJ that he had received his letter of the 24th and promised to forward the account statement by the next post. He informed TJ that the money from the last tobacco crop “is in our hands, and is of course ready to be paid to your order” (RC in MHi; at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson esqr.”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Sep. and so recorded in SJL).
My last crop: on 12 May 1801, TJ noted in his financial accounts that Gibson & Jefferson had sold his tobacco for a total of $2,974.09, payable 24 Aug. (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 , 2:1041; George Jefferson to TJ, 7 May).