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Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes, 25 December 1812

To John Barnes

Monticello Dec. 25.1 12

Dear Sir

After an absence of between 5. & 6. weeks in Bedford I find on my return your letter of the 9th informing me of mr Eliason’s inclination to become interested in my mills. but they have never returned to my hands. mr Randolph my son in law, in partnership with a mr McKinney bought out the Shoemakers the last year of their lease. the partnership did not succeed, and McKinney withdrawing, mr Randolph is trying them this year as sole tenant. should he find himself not able to make a profit from them, I should be very willing to recieve mr Eliason’s propositions on your recommendation of him. from 40. to 60. thousand bushels of wheat to be ground on commission may be counted on. a much greater quantity might be bought, at the Richmond prices, deducting the cost of a water transportation, and the quantity of wheat produced in the neighborhood increases faster than the number of mills.

I hope your health continues good, and that you will still have as many years as you wish of life and health. always affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr John. Barnes”; endorsed by TJ.

1Reworked from “24.”

Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; letters to search
  • Barnes, John; recommends J. Eliason search
  • Eliason, John; and Shadwell mills search
  • McKinney, James; partnership with T. M. Randolph search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and Shadwell mills search
  • Shadwell mills; and T. M. Randolph search
  • wheat; at Shadwell mills search