Memorandums to Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr.
[ca. 22–25 Oct. 1793]
Memorandums with respect to Watson.
- The waggon is to be sent for him on Monday Nov. 4. to bring his things.
- He is to work in the shop near the sawpit, and he must lodge there till Claxton moves.
- Then his wife is to live in Claxton’s house till I return and can fix them elsewhere.
- Johnny is to work with him for the purpose of learning to make wheels, and all sorts of work.
- He is to do the following work, and in the order here mentioned unless any good reason should arise for changing it.
- Make a pair of wheels for Tom’s mule cart.
- Mend or make wheels for the two oxcarts.
- Make a pair of forewheels for the Phaeton.
- Make 2 pr. of wheels for wheelbarrows. 3 f. diameter.
- Make a set of waggon wheels.
- The Phaeton wheels should be of ash, but the rest may be of the oak I bought of Gaines.
- Watson is to be furnished with provisions till I come home which may be done from the Plantations at the same time with Mr. Biddle.
- In rainy weather the carpenters are to be employed in splitting, planing, jointing and rounding shingles, which may be under the eye of Watson.
MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 77: 13398); undated; entirely in TJ’s hand; docketed at a later date by an unidentified hand: “Th. Jefferson Instructions relative to Watson—Sepr. 92.”
The docketing notwithstanding, TJ evidently left these instructions with his son-in-law after hiring David Watson on 22 Oct. 1793 and before leaving Monticello for Philadelphia three days later. Watson, a house joiner and British deserter whom TJ had employed from 1781 to 1784, andagain in 1792, remained in his service until 1797 (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, forthcoming in The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 3 Apr. 1781 and note, 19 Sep. 1792, 22 Oct. 1793, 2 Dec. 1797; note to TJ to the County Lieutenants, 26 Mch. 1781; Randolph to TJ, 7 Nov. 1793).