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Thomas Jefferson to William A. Burwell, 5 September 1810

To William A. Burwell

Poplar Forest Sep. 5. 10.

Dear Sir

I am just about leaving this place after a visit of a fortnight. mr Bankhead came with me and staid a few days he is so much pleased with the place & neighborhood that his settlement here is decided on. he brings his people here this winter, and his family in the spring. perhaps we may convince him he had better wait till a crop is made & some stock raised before the family comes. we shall be here again the 1st week of Octob. and stay about 3 weeks myself, but mr Bankhead probably a few days only. should chance or business direct your steps to Lynchburg about that time, you know we shall be happy to see you. otherwise that pleasure must be adjourned to Monticello where we shall count on seeing mrs Burwell & yourself, and that you will take a resting spell with us.  I am about building a small mill here to save my toll and to grind my plaister which the mills of the neighborhood refuse. we have a quarry of millstones near us, which is spoken well of: but I remember your recommendation of some in your part of the world. the object of this letter is to ask you to inform me of the following particulars. where is the quarry, how far from here & what sort of roads. what is the exact character of the stone, what will a pair of 4. feet stones cost delivered there or here. these circumstances will enable me to decide between the quarry here and there. I have no news but from the newspapers, nor from them for a fortnight passed. I was at mr Madison’s a few days before I came here, and they will be at Monticello immediately after my return. the heads of departments will not reassemble I believe till the end of this month. present me respectfully to mrs Burwell and be assured of my constant & affectionate friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (CSmH: JF-BA); addressed: “The honble William A. Burwell near Franklin C. H. Virginia”; franked and postmarked. SC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); and Bedford Co. land search
  • Bedford County, Va.; C. L. Bankhead to buy land in search
  • Burwell, Letitia McCreery (William Armistead Burwell’s wife); TJ sends greetings to search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; and quarries in Franklin Co. search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; letters to search
  • gypsum (plaster of paris); at Poplar Forest search
  • Madison, James; visits Monticello search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); attempted sale of part of search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); mills at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • quarries; in Va. search
  • Virginia; quarries in search