Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Garrett Minor, 24 September 1794

To Garrett Minor

Monticello Sep. 24. 1794.

Dear Sir

I received a few days ago your friendly letter of the 8th. inst. as I had before recieved by my sister Carr the kind offer of three bushels of the May wheat. I am anxious to begin the culture of this wheat, and meant to avail myself of your offer. I had proposed ere this to have visited my antient tutor and friend Mr. Douglas: but I have been attacked by a rheumatism, which has confined me three weeks, and is as yet but a little abated in it’s rigor. I therefore think it better to send the bearer for the wheat, as the season is wearing away. I reserve for it part of a good fallowed feild.—You are so near Mr. Douglas that I will trouble you with my affectionate respects to him, with an assurance that there is nothing I desire more than to see him once again, and that I will certainly do it if my health is restored in time before the roads become too bad. I will further trouble you with the inclosed letter to my nephew Dabney Carr, and with many thanks for the wheat I take the liberty of now sending for, I remain Dear Sir Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Garrett Minor Papers); addressed: “Colo. Garrett Minor Louisa”; endorsed by Minor. Enclosure: TJ to Dabney Carr, 24 Sep. 1794.

Garrett Minor (1743–99), the nephew of TJ’s deceased brother-in-law Dabney Carr, was a Revolutionary War militia officer and local officeholder who represented Louisa County in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1792–93 (Harris, Louisa County description begins Malcolm H. Harris, History of Louisa County, Virginia, Richmond, 1936 description ends , 23, 62, 65, 391; Swem and Williams, Register description begins Earl G. Swem and John W. Williams, A Register of the General Assembly of Virginia 1776–1918 …, Richmond, 1918 description ends , 37, 40).

Minor’s missing letter of the 8th. inst. is recorded in SJL as received from Louisa on 21 Sep. 1794. SJL also records a letter from Minor of 1 Apr. 1798, received from Louisa on 24 Apr. 1798, and TJ’s 3 May 1798 reply, neither of which has been found.

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