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Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 21 August 1811

To George Jefferson

Poplar Forest Aug. 21. 11.

Dear Sir

I have sold my wheat crop of this place at what shall be given in Richmond from the 16th of the present, to the 25th of the ensuing month, deducting 2/ for carriage & all other expences. I must rely on your friendship to be on the watch for this maximum, and to be furnished at the close of the period with a certificate by which I may settle with the purchaser. that of Albemarle I shall have ground and sent down as flour, in the fall or winter, according to the prospect of prices.

We have here a more promising crop of tobacco than that of the last year. the quality of that was admitted to have been equal, or superior to any brought to Lynchburg,1 & as well handled. it brought, as I am told 13½ D. in Richmond, while I got here but 7.D. I had been persuaded to believe that the prices here were quite equal, & sometimes superior to those of Richmond, deducting carriage. this I find is a mere puff, and that buyers have a different gage. four of the capital purchasers offered me 7.D. for that crop of tobo and not one would go a cent beyond that. this coincidence imposed on me for the moment, and lost me 2000.D. which would have counted pleasingly to us all at the bank. but it proves the ratio of the profits aimed at here, & that they are immoderate. I set out for Monticello tomorrow. accept assurances of my constant affection.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (Forbes Magazine Collection, New York City, 2003); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “Lyncburg.”

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County, Va.; wheat harvest in search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); letters to search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); on tobacco prices search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); sells TJ’s flour search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; tobacco prices at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); wheat crop at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); wheat grown at search
  • Richmond, Va.; tobacco prices at search
  • Richmond, Va.; wheat prices in search
  • tobacco; and TJ’s debts search
  • tobacco; price of in Lynchburg search
  • tobacco; price of in Richmond search
  • wheat; at Monticello search
  • wheat; at Poplar Forest search
  • wheat; price of in Richmond search
  • wheat; TJ’s income from search