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Edmund Bacon to Thomas Jefferson, [ca. 19 May 1819]

From Edmund Bacon

[ca. 19 May 1819]


It appears that nearly all the persons whom we owe money is desireous of recieveing it. John H Craven says that he was Obliged to borrow with the promise of returning depending upon those owing to himself Maupin the presidnts agent says that he is in want also. Campbell has given Meeks who lives with us an order on us for what we owe to him and I have not yet Known from him whither the money is wanting

I dont pearfectly remember whither I Put upon the bill of debts a payment that I made to Maupin by Fitz of Milton I paid him through Fitz 30 dollars take that with 89 dollars with interest upon the 89$ 4 months which is what he owes me leaves the balance due to him if I am not mistaken Maupin & my accts stands thus.

89 4 months Intrest
1  76
 due the 25th Decr 1818 $ 90 .76 E Bacons.
 Paid by Fitich 30 .  Mr Jeffersons own
 due the 15th of April $120 .76.

If it should be very important to raise the 40 or 50 dollars to pay those presing debts by the sale of our bark I think it probably might be done as we have deliverd fully that amount. If you think Proper I will make the trial with Pollock

I have found whare thare is a chance of raising the money by the first of Sepr for my self but the Pr.cent required is much graiter than you imagined. I really should be sorry to put you to that inconvinience and upon consideration of my Kneeds of a home I am much at a loss what to do for the best. for you and myself I consider it of much importance that every person who has a family should have a home and that should be of such soil as will produce well for in my Opinion no Property in this life is to be compard with the value of Land for all we subsist upon is from that source of cultivation. the farmer whiele merchants and every michanical occupation fail remains firm Yours

E Bacon

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); bottom trimmed, with loss of at least one line of text, possibly including dateline; date conjectured from TJ’s MB entry of this day; superfluous punctuation editorially omitted; addressed: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ: “Bacon E. mems of my nbhood debts”; additional notation by TJ beneath endorsement: “Jerry to return 1.31.”

On 19 May 1819 TJ recorded that William D. Fitch (fitz; fitich) had paid Bacon $30, which he, in turn, passed along to Charles W. Maupin “in part for corn” (MB, 2:1355).

Index Entries

  • Bacon, Edmund; buys corn for TJ search
  • Bacon, Edmund; letters from search
  • Bacon, Edmund; Monticello overseer search
  • Bacon, Edmund; TJ’s account with search
  • Campbell, John R.; account with TJ search
  • corn; TJ buys search
  • Craven, John H.; financial transactions of search
  • Fitch, William D.; account with TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; account with E. Bacon search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; sells tree bark search
  • Jeremiah (Jerry) (TJ’s slave; b.1777); and money for TJ search
  • Maupin, Charles W.; and corn for TJ search
  • Meeks, Edmund; account with TJ search
  • Monroe, James; mentioned search
  • Pollock, John; buys bark from TJ search
  • tanning; bark for search
  • trees; bark of search