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Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on Account with Jonathan & Isaac Shoemaker, [ca. 8 June 1811]

Notes on Account with Jonathan & Isaac Shoemaker

[ca. 8 June 1811]

Messrs Shoemakers in Account with Th: Jefferson on a contract for offal I was, by agreement, to have the offal of my crop of wheat at 2/6 for every barrel of flour, or every 5. bushels of wheat, which is 50/ for every hundred bushels of wheat. I delivered 2047 bush.–55 ℔

the usual allowance of offal for 100. bushels of wheat, is 6. bushels of Midlings, 12 bushels of shipstuff, & 30. bushels of bran, and the prices are proportioned so that the shipstuff is and the bran ¹⁄₁₀ of the price of the Midlings

dividing 50/ or 8. D 33 c the stipulated price of the offal of 100. bushels on these principles,

D c
Midlings will be 64¹⁄₁₀ cents pr bushel, &  6. bushels 3.84⁶⁄₁₀
Shipstuff 21⁴⁄₁₀ & 12  bushels 2.56⁸⁄₁₀
bran  6⁴⁄₁₀ & 30. bushels  1.92
8.33⁴⁄₁₀
bush. ℔
then 2047–55 of wheat entitle me to
bush hundredths  D  c
122–88 of Midlings, which @ 64¹⁄₁₀ cents come to  78.76
114
245–76 of Shipstuff, which @ 21⁴⁄₁₀ come to  52.60
228
614.40 of bran @  6⁴⁄₁₀ come to  39.38
570.
making the whole amount of my offal 170–74
159–50
bush bush bush
by mr Shoemaker’s account I have recd 501¼ midlings,  305 shipstuff 672 bran
deducting what I was entitled to as above 122⁸⁸⁄₁₀₀ 245⁷⁶⁄₁₀₀ 614⁴⁰⁄₁₀₀
there remain to be paid for at common price  378  59¼  57½

Then the account stands thus

Th: Jefferson to Messrs Shoemakers Dr

bush D c
To the offal of 2047– 55 wheat @ 50/ pr 100. bushels <170–74>
 159–50
To overdrawn <378> } bushels of Midlings @ 1. Dollar 378.33 386
 7.88 386  
 <59¼> }  75 Shipstuff @ 2/  19.75  31.50
 15.76
 <57½> } 100 bran @ 10. cents  5.75  12.50  <403.83>
 42.40  430.
409 bu @ 2/6 £51–5  170.43
<745.40>
 759.93
June. 8.70. b. midl. 70.D  10. shipstuff 8.40 47. bran 5.64 furnd to this day  89.24
10 40. 5.  849.171
1811. Messrs Shoemakers in Acct Dr with Th: Jefferson, for wheat  Cr.
  bush.    B. 
Jan. 8. to wheat delivered 50–  1 Jan. 12     0–112
16.   124– 48 18     0–110
17.   193– 57 24     2–100
25    123– 26 Feb. 16     2.
26.   106– 16 Mar. 9.    2.
28.   30– 57 12.    10.
31.   66– 48 15.    20.
Feb. 7.   138– 30 16.    29.
8.   41– 35 27.    20.
13.   214– 14 28.    5.
14.   188– 39 Apr. 5     40.
24.   16– 27 17.    30
26.   169– 49 25.    40
27.   43– 18 May 2.    49
28.   55–  1 7.    12
 
    B 
    262–126
Mar. 1.   58– 48 May2 16. T M Randolph on my order  6– 40
2    58– 56 15. to 21.  70–
4    58– 58 28.    50–
5    61– 15 sent to Monticello  3–
8    34– 42 to Goodman  0– 98
  99– 43 by a barrel flour left in the mill  1– 03
9.   35–  8 by order on McKenny  16– 46
15.   34– 54   409–114
Apr. 13.   11– 21
30.   30– 44
  2047– 55
  Bar  
or flour 409– 1144
  262– 126
  147– 495

MS (MHi); written entirely in TJ’s hand on both sides of a single sheet during at least two sittings; undated.

TJ evidently completed a version of these calculations on the contract for offal on or before 1 June 1811 and then revised them further when he settled his accounts with the Shoemakers a week later (Account with Jonathan & Isaac Shoemaker, 8 June 1811). shipstuff is inferior wheat flour (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

1Recto ends here.

2Word editorially supplied for clarity.

3Entry interlined.

4Reworked from “409–174.”

5Preceding two lines written in pencil.

Index Entries

  • flour; J. & I. Shoemaker sell search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; overseer at Lego search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with Shoemakers search
  • Lego (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); overseers at search
  • McKinney, James; and Shadwell mills search
  • overseers; plantation accounts of search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and Shadwell mills search
  • Shoemaker, Isaac; TJ’s account with search
  • Shoemaker, Jonathan; TJ’s account with search
  • wheat; ground at Shadwell Mill search