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Burgess Griffin to Thomas Jefferson, 27 December 1809

From Burgess Griffin

Popelar forrest Decr 27th 1809

Dear Sir

I have seeun mr Johnson Since he returnd from Richmond hee Still Sais he is antious to take the Crop of tobo on the termes I mentioned to you I am gitting it down fast as I can & intend to open a few hogds & if he will not giv what you Seeame to be willin to take heer deductting the Carridg I Can Still Send it on to Richmond with out haveing any more opened hear tho my opinion is that he will act liberal  I have not Sold the wheete yet as I never could git nore than 5 Shillings Cash & it is less now I expect to git it grownd & Send it to richmond towards Spring when the Carredg will fall which is now unusualy high: we have seven hundred & twenty seven bushels for market which is near a hundred bushels less than I Counted on: the Crop of corn was 700 barrels in all deducting the overseears Sheer 88. barrels & 125 used before we ware done measureing for fattening the hogs & otherwise remander 487 which will be no more than Sufficiant our use to push the Stock of hogs  mr Richerson thinks it will take him 2 weekes yet to finnish the plastering he has never loste one day Since he began  thar was not more than halfe lathes suffisiant for the work I think by keeping good fiers thare will not be any danger of the plastering tho Strang to tell that Superior man of obstanancy Scot has actuly Commenced Cleearing & building of negres houses on Stithss Entry mr harrison seas he expects us to keep him from injuring of the land untill he can git possesion I went to See him on the Subject & gave him notis that he mout expect to be delte with as the law directed in Such cases1 but he Sais he Shall perseede in defiance of law or gospel

the table Clothe & towels war found Since mr Randalph went from har

Pray recieve my best wishes for your helthe

Burgess Griffin

RC (ViU: TJP); endorsed by TJ as received 10 Jan. 1810 and so recorded in SJL.

Burgess Griffin served as TJ’s overseer at Poplar Forest, 1801–11. Upon settling their accounts, TJ found that he owed Griffin a bit over $1,200, a debt he paid in 1815 (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 , 2:1080, 1267, 1282, 1309; Wilson Cary Nicholas to TJ, 12 Aug. 1801 [DLC]).

John Richardson (richerson) was a plasterer working at Poplar Forest. Samuel Scott, that superior man of obstanancy, disputed TJ’s ownership of approximately fifty-five acres of the Stith tract on Ivy Creek in Campbell County. After having been ejected from the property by a writ of forcible entry, he brought a chancery suit against both TJ and Samuel J. harrison, who had purchased the property from TJ in 1810. The case was dismissed in June 1814 (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 , 2:1254–6; TJ to Christopher Clark, 1 Apr. 1810; TJ’s answer to Scott’s bill of complaint, 11 July 1812; George Hay to TJ, 8 Mar. 1815).

Letters from TJ to Griffin of 15 Dec. 1809, 2 Jan., 24 Feb., 6 May, and 2 June 1810, not found, are recorded in SJL, as are missing letters from Griffin of 8 Feb., 25 Mar., and 13 June 1810 received from Poplar Forest on 22 Feb., 15 Apr., and 20 June 1810.

1Manuscript: “cacases.”

Index Entries

  • boats; transfer goods to and from Richmond search
  • corn; at Poplar Forest search
  • Griffin, Burgess; and TJ’s land dispute with S. Scott search
  • Griffin, Burgess; identified search
  • Griffin, Burgess; letters from search
  • Griffin, Burgess; letters from accounted for search
  • Griffin, Burgess; letters to accounted for search
  • Griffin, Burgess; share of crops sold search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; and TJ’s land dispute with S. Scott search
  • hogs; at Poplar Forest search
  • Ivy Creek (Campbell Co.); S. Scott claims TJ’s land on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; dispute with S. Scott search
  • Johnston, Charles; purchases TJ’s tobacco search
  • overseers; report plantation activities search
  • Page, Samuel (Poplar Forest overseer); share of crops search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); corn grown at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); hogs at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); Overseers at; report plantation activities search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); plastering at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); T. M. Randolph visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); visits Poplar Forest search
  • Richardson, John; works at Poplar Forest search
  • Richmond, Va.; boats transfer goods to and from search
  • Scott, Samuel; TJ’s land dispute with search
  • Stith, Richard; and Ivy Creek tract search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • wheat; at Poplar Forest search