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Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 3 March 1811

To George Jefferson

Monticello Mar. 3. 11.

Dear Sir

My letter of Feb. 9. from Poplar Forest informed you of the sale of my tobo and of the disagreeable situation of my wheat crop in Bedford. I staid there till the last day of February in the hope of withdrawing it from the mill there and sending it down to Scott’s to be ground and forwarded to Richmond. but altho’ the mill dam was carried away a second time they refused to let me withdraw my wheat. they think themselves safe in assuring me that it will be delivered ground in 3. weeks. there will be about 250. barrels, out of which a sum of a little over 900. D will be to be paid to messrs Morris & Dunnington as soon as the flour shall have been disposed of by you.  I find on my return here yesterday your favor of the 15th inclosing a note for renewal for Feb. 26. I regret extremely my recieving it so late. I now sign and inclose it. before another renewal, you will recieve the amount of my tobo about 3000.D. to be applied to the reduction of this note, after which I should be glad to sign the new notes so long beforehand as to prevent any lapse like the present being occasioned by my journies to Bedford, which take place 3. or 4 times a year and keep me absent near a month at a time. I have not yet had time to enquire whether they have begun yet to send off my flour1 from this place. the tobacco here is not ready yet.—Have you been able to find any good sallad oil for me? Affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (Mrs. Paul W. Howle, Richmond, 1944; photocopy in DLC: TJ Papers, ser. 10); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure not found, but see Jefferson to TJ, 1 Mar. 1811.

TJ’s letter of feb. 9. is recorded in SJL but has not been found. On 8 Feb. 1811 he had agreed to the sale of his tobacco to Samuel J. Harrison for $7 per hundredweight (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 , 2:1263). TJ wanted to remove his grain from George Callaway’s mill.

1Word interlined in place of “wheat.”

Index Entries

  • Callaway, George; mill and dam search
  • flour; from Poplar Forest search
  • flour; sale of search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and TJ’s bank and promissory notes search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; buys tobacco from TJ search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); and TJ’s bank note search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters to search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters to accounted for search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); sells TJ’s tobacco search
  • Morris & Dunnington (Lynchburg firm) search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); flour from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); tobacco grown at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • salad oil search
  • Scott, Charles A.; mill of search
  • tobacco; grown at Monticello search
  • tobacco; grown at Poplar Forest search
  • tobacco; sold to S. J. Harrison search