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Samuel J. Harrison to Thomas Jefferson, 19 March 1813

From Samuel J. Harrison

Lynchbg mar 19–1813

Dear Sir

I recd your Letter of the 7 Inst in due Course. I fear your Ideas as to the Intention of the Blockading Squadron will not be Realized—my opinion is that, it is intended, & will be permenant; except as to Bread Stuffs—and even as to that, unless they Should be necessitated abroad—which we have no right to believe will Shortly be the Case, as Various accounts from the Peninsula State the Quantity there to be great, & prices low—Besides we may now, expect Considerable Shipments will be made to them from the Baltick.

Mr Goodman has only Sent in 5 Hhds Tobo which being too high in Orders, has thrown him Considerably back, as he was obliged to Exchange1 a good deal, before it would be fit for prizing—He was with me yesterday, and Says he thinks there will be Rather over 20,000—but that I may Count Certainly upon that much—I have directed him to be Very particular about the order of the Balance; which may put off the last till perhaps, the middle of may—But wishing to Serve you—I here enclose you a Dft on my Friends Gibson & Jefferson for $1,000. at Ten Days Sight—which I Suspect will be about as much as the Crop will amount to, as the Hhds that are Recd are much lighter than Mr Goodman expected.

please acknowledge the Rect of thro’

Yr Mo ob Hb st

S J Harrison

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 24 Mar. 1813 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

the peninsula: the Iberian Peninsula. high in orders: tobacco in high order is too damp (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

TJ sent the enclosed draft for $1,000 to Patrick Gibson in a letter dated 25 Mar. 1813, not found but recorded in SJL (as a letter to Gibson & Jefferson) and extracted in the catalog for Sotheby Parke Bernet auction, New York City, 3 May 1977, item 68: “My tobacco in Bedford, being partly delivered to Mr. Harrison, he has enclosed me the within order for 1000D on account which I hasten to forward to you.”

1Manuscript: “Echang.”

Index Entries

  • Chesapeake Bay; British blockade of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to accounted for search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and payments to TJ search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; Poplar Forest overseer search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; buys tobacco from TJ search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; letters from search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; on British blockade search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; sells tobacco search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); Overseers at; and sale of tobacco to S. J. Harrison search
  • tobacco; sold to S. J. Harrison search