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Thomas Jefferson to James Martin, 17 November 1809

To James Martin

Poplar Forest Nov. 17. 09

According to what passed in conversation between us the other day I inclose you an authority to sell my Ivy creek lands on the terms then stated; that is to say for 1200 pounds paiable one third in hand, a third at the end of a year, & the remaining third at the end of two years; the purchaser giving bond & satisfactory security, or a deed of trust to sell the lands on default of paiment on his account towards paiment of the balance. for your trouble I agree to relinquish to you one twelfth of the price obtained when recieved. I have thought it best not to specify the terms in the authority given, but to refer to our verbal explanations because that paper must be shown:

If the purchaser on closing the bargain with you, will come down to me with his cash paiment & copy of the agreement I shall write & execute a deed to him: and I shall be glad to learn from you what is done, by the first post after it is done

I am Sir
Your humble servt

Th: Jefferson

SC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr James Martin”; with enclosure subjoined; endorsed by TJ.

James Martin subsequently operated a sawmill near Poplar Forest. TJ did business with him on several occasions between 1816 and 1825 (Joel Yancey to TJ, 29 Aug. 1816; TJ to Yancey, 13 Sept. 1816, 6, 19 Mar. 1817, 10 Nov. 1818, 11 Feb. 1820; TJ to Francis Eppes, 17 Feb. 1825).

Martin and TJ had conversed earlier this month about the sale of TJ’s ivy creek lands (Notes on Ivy Creek Lands, 14 Nov. 1809).

Index Entries

  • Campbell County, Va.; TJ sells Ivy Creek tract in search
  • Ivy Creek (Campbell Co.); TJ sells lands on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; sells land on Ivy Creek search
  • Martin, James; and sale of TJ’s Ivy Creek tract search
  • Martin, James; identified search
  • Martin, James; letters to search