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Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Eston Randolph, 20 August 1812

To Thomas Eston Randolph

Monticello. Aug. 20. 12.

Dear Sir

The purchase of Pantops renders it necessary for me to understand exactly the conditions of the lease you have on it. Mr Eppes has always told me they were exactly the same as those of my lease to Craven, which was agreed between yourselves to be the model. indeed I have some faint recollection of having drawn the articles myself on that model, at the request of mr Eppes, or perhaps of both of you. but of this my recollection is not distinct enough to enable me to be particular. I find too that mr Eppes & yourself differ as to the length of your lease. if you will be so good as to state to me in writing your understanding of the conditions & duration of the lease, if I find your ideas different from those of mr Eppes, I will communicate them to him, & request a settlement of them between yourselves; so that I may know on what ground the purchase places me. Accept my affectionate salutations.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thos E. Randolph esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ’s lease of part of Tufton to John H. craven was dated 22 Aug. 1800 and originally ran for five years, with a four-year renewal extending it to 1809 (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 34 vols. description ends , 32:108–10; Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, 1953 (in two separately paginated sections; unless otherwise specified, references are to the second section) description ends , 169–70; Memorandum on the Expiration of John H. Craven’s Lease, [ca. 1 Jan. 1810]).

Index Entries

  • Craven, John H.; leases Tufton search
  • Eppes, John Wayles (TJ’s son-in-law); and sale of Pantops search
  • Pantops (TJ’s estate); and T. E. Randolph search
  • Pantops (TJ’s estate); J. W. Eppes to sell search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); leases Pantops search
  • Randolph, Thomas Eston (TJ’s cousin); letters to search
  • Tufton (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); J. H. Craven’s lease of search