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Notes on Poplar Forest and on Scott v. Jefferson and Harrison, [ca. 12 May 1812]

Notes on Poplar Forest and on Scott v. Jefferson and Harrison

[ca. 12 May 1812]

  123  yds oznabrigs
20. blankets
50 needles
222  hemp @ 5. c = 11.10 D
50. Cotton @ 1/ =  8.33
  linseed oil & wh. lead
  Harrison.  settle tobo
ld claim
  Mitchell’s account
  Perry.  Chisolm’s claim
Jame Hub.
grounds for plaisterg
  Bankhead’s tobo
post office1
Clerk Bedfd
Stith’s entry before 1773.
Stith’s deed to Wayles betw. May 1768
& May 1773
from Jame Hub. to Nisy inclusive 44 2
from Betty Sal’s downwds 30
× 18 = 45 3
3 × 26 = 78
Dr Steptoe’s acct
search clk’s off. Stith’s entry
get surveyor to locate Scott’s in mine
Goodman. carry hhd tobo
  rectify weights
get hemp
go by Surveyor Martin’s


a copy of Scott’s entry of Apr. 15. 89
& of his or Tate’s land Apr. 26. 03

plat Tullis’s Stith’s, Scotts & the adjg surveys, of Wilks Timberlake & Anthony

search for Stith’s entry abt 1770–3

was there not a surveyor Rd Smith

where did Stith live?

when did he die5

when was the cty divided?

when did Scott come into the cty? in 1784

that Martin run round the lines, found them full marked & of about the age of the survey


Bedford created in 1752

Ben Howard of Buckingh. clk

Steptoe succeedd him in 1772.6



search Stith’s entry 1770–3

qualifying of Rd Smith as Survr7

  of Campbell?

prove he or Stith actually survd

search Stith’s deed to Wayles

B. Clarke. } Scott’s visit & offer to buy without saying word of claim
B. Griffin

where does Clarke live?

Griffin Scott’s indisposition

 his acknolmt 8

clerk of Campbell. copy recd forcible entry

enquire for Stith’s represent. & papers

Surveyor of Bedfd search Stith’s su.

MS (ViU: TJP, TB [Thurlow-Berkeley no.] 1136 [546-e]); written entirely in TJ’s hand on the front of part of a reused address cover to TJ; folded into quarters, as noted below; undated, with conjectural date based on assumption that these notes preceded TJ’s 12 May 1812 letters to Samuel J. Harrison and William Mitchell.

On 19 May 1812 TJ gave Jeremiah A. Goodman $6 to pay for an additional one hundred pounds of hemp and $8.33 for fifty pounds of cotton. A day earlier he settled his account with Samuel J. harrison, who purchased twenty-three hogsheads of tobo for nearly $2,000. On 19 May TJ also settled his wheat account with mitchell’s partnership (William & Reuben Mitchell) (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 , 2:1277).

Richard stith’s deed conveying property to John wayles has not been found. For scott’s entry of apr. 15. 89 and his or tate’s land apr. 26. 03, see Samuel Scott’s Bill of Complaint in Scott v. Jefferson and Harrison, [before 27 Apr. 1812], and note. Stith’s name had been incorrectly copied as smith. Bedford County was divided in 1782, when Campbell County was created (Acts of Assembly description begins Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia (cited by session; title varies over time) description ends [1781–82 sess.], 6). For the 1809 resurvey run by Campbell County surveyor William P. martin, see note to TJ to Christopher Clark, 1 Apr. 1810, and Martin to TJ, [received 16 May 1812]. bedford County was established in 1753, not 1752 (Acts of Assembly description begins Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia (cited by session; title varies over time) description ends [1752–53 sess.], 33). For Samuel Scott’s offer to buy the Ivy Creek tract in November 1796, see note to TJ to James Martin, 18 Feb. 1810.

1First quarter ends here.

2Immediately above this line and at the top of this quarter are two sets of vertical hatch marks and TJ’s calculation that their totals of 18 and 26 add up to 44.

3This line repeats a calculation that TJ made in the upper right-hand corner of this quarter.

4Word probably written before the preceding line, which is squeezed in immediately above it. Second quarter ends here. Remaining two quarters oriented upside down with relation to first two.

5Preceding four words interlined.

6Third quarter ends here.

7TJ here canceled “qu of Bedfd.”

8Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Anthony, Christopher; and Campbell Co. land search
  • Bankhead, Charles Lewis (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead’s husband); tobacco crop of search
  • Betty (TJ’s slave; b.1801); mentioned search
  • blankets; for slaves search
  • Chisholm, Isham; tracks runaway slave search
  • Clark, Bowling; and Ivy Creek tract search
  • coffee; at Poplar Forest search
  • cotton; purchased by TJ search
  • crops; hemp search
  • fish; at Poplar Forest search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; Poplar Forest overseer search
  • Griffin, Burgess; and TJ’s land dispute with S. Scott search
  • gypsum (plaster of paris); at Poplar Forest search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; buys tobacco from TJ search
  • hemp; purchased by TJ search
  • household articles; blankets search
  • household articles; linseed oil search
  • household articles; needles search
  • Howard, Benjamin (Bedford Co. clerk) search
  • Hubbard, Jame (TJ’s slave; father of James Hubbard); mentioned search
  • Hubbard, James (Jame) (TJ’s slave); capture of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; sells tobacco search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Notes on Poplar Forest and on Scott v. Jefferson and Harrison search
  • lead; white search
  • linseed oil search
  • Martin, William Peters; Campbell Co. surveyor search
  • Mitchell, William & Reuben (Lynchburg firm); TJ’s transactions with search
  • Nicy (Nisy) (TJ’s slave; b.1799); mentioned search
  • oil; linseed search
  • Osnaburg (Oznabrig); fabric search
  • Perry, Reuben; purchases slave from TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); attempted sale of part of search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); beds and blankets for slaves at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); fish for search
  • Scott, Samuel; Bill of Complaint in Scott v. Jefferson and Harrison search
  • Scott v. Jefferson and Harrison; S. Scott’s bill of complaint in search
  • Scott v. Jefferson and Harrison; TJ prepares for chancery case search
  • slaves; blankets and beds for search
  • Steptoe, James; and Ivy Creek tract search
  • Stith, Richard; and Ivy Creek tract search
  • sugar; at Poplar Forest search
  • Tate, Edmund; and TJ’s Campbell Co. land search
  • textiles; Osnaburg search
  • Timberlake, Mr.; Campbell Co. landholder search
  • tobacco; sold to S. J. Harrison search
  • Tullos, Richard; and Campbell Co. land search
  • Wayles, John (TJ’s father-in-law); and Campbell Co. land search
  • white lead search
  • Wilkinson (Wilkerson), John; Campbell Co. landholder search