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Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Robertson, 28 March 1816

To Archibald Robertson

Monticello Mar. 28. 16.

Dear Sir

I now inclose you an order which you ought to have recieved at the beginning of the month, but my tobo was later getting down than had been counted on, and I was unwilling to draw till I knew of it’s actual sale. the draught is for 167. D 10 C to wit

an advance for leather £20–16–1 69–35
my assumpsit for Goodman 78–35
balance of order for 170.D. for taxes 19–40

my tobo which was all I had for market from Bedford sold very poor[ly.] you know that the wretched management there the last year oblige[d] me to turn away two overseers, and I had to remove two here for the same cause. add to this that my State and Congressional taxes ther[e] and here have taken between 900. & 1000.D. so that I am almost withou[t] the means of current expences. in this state of my affairs, I shall be unab[le,] my dear Sir, to do any thing towards my debt to you till the crop of the present year comes in. 800 bushels of wheat in the ground there & here[,] a good crop of tobo aimed at there and a small one here, under better management, will I hope place me at ease; but until then I must ask your indulgence. I shall be at Poplar Forest the 2d week of April, and shall always be happy to see you there when your convenience admits such a ride. Accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of a reused address cover from John Adlum to TJ; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Robertson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found.

For the two overseers TJ turned away at Poplar Forest, see Sackville King to TJ, 17 May 1815, and note. William Ballard’s service as an overseer at Tufton ended in 1815 (TJ to Joel Yancey, 18 July 1815). Elijah Ham was overseer at Lego, 1812–16 (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1313).

Index Entries

  • Ballard, William; as Tufton overseer search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; TJ pays search
  • Ham, Elijah; as overseer at Lego search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with A. Robertson search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; pays taxes search
  • leather; TJ buys search
  • Lego (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); overseers at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); Overseers at; TJ removes search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); tobacco crop at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); wheat crop at search
  • overseers; at Lego search
  • overseers; at Tufton search
  • overseers; TJ on search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); Overseers at; TJ seeks replacement for search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • Robertson, Archibald; account with TJ search
  • Robertson, Archibald; letters to search
  • Robertson, Archibald; TJ pays search
  • taxes; TJ pays search
  • tobacco; grown at Monticello search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; poor quality of TJ’s search
  • Tufton (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); overseers at search
  • wheat; at Monticello search
  • wheat; at Poplar Forest search