Thomas Jefferson Papers

Agreement with Randolph Jefferson, 17 April 1796

Agreement with Randolph Jefferson

This indenture made on the 17th. day of April 1796. between [Ran]dolph Jefferson of the one part and Thomas Jefferson of the [other] part witnesseth that Whereas the said Randolph under the will of Peter Jefferson their father is siesed in feesimple in an undivided sixth part as tenant in common in a certain parcel of land in the county of Albemarle on the branches of Hardware river containing by estimation four hundred acres with a quarry of limestone thereon1 and bounded as follows to wit beginning at Hudson’s corner white oak, running thence on his line N. 53°. W. 217. poles, crossing two branches to a pine and a white oak thence on new lines N. 23°. E. 278. poles crossing four branches [to pointers of] small pines. S. 63°. E. 230. poles crossing two branches to pointers, S. 27°. W. 278. poles to a pine and N. 63°. W. 11. poles to the first station which said lands were granted Philip Mayo by patent bearing date the 1st. day of Sep. 1749. and by the said Philip were conveyed in feesimple to the said Peter Jefferson, Joshua Fry, Arthur Hopkins, Thomas Meriwether, Daniel Scott and William Stith to be held by them and their heirs without the benefit of survivorship by deed bearing date July the 2d. 1753. and recorded in the count[y court] of Albemarle, now the said Randolph in consideration of [the sum] of five shillings and of certain articles of houshold furniture to him now paid and delivered hath given granted bargained and sold unto the said Thomas Jefferson all his right title and estate in the said lands with it’s appurtenances, to have and to hold the said lands and their appurtenances in the same proportion and estate heretofore held by the said Randolph to him the said Thomas and his heirs: in witness whereof the said Randolph hath here[to] set his hand and seal on the [day] and year first above written.

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of

John Nicholas Randolph Jefferson
John Carr
Alexr. Garrett

MS (Christie’s, New York City, 1996); in TJ’s hand, signed by Randolph Jefferson and witnessed by Nicholas, Carr, and Garrett; torn and stained, bracketed text being supplied from Tr; with subjoined attestation by Nicholas, dated Charlottesville, April 1796, that the indenture was produced in court and proved by the oaths of Nicholas, Carr and Garrett and ordered to be recorded; endorsed. Tr (ViU: Carr-Cary Papers); copy by Garrett, deputy county clerk; with minor variations; endorsed by TJ:

“Randolph Jefferson }
to Deed
Th: Jefferson”

Certain parcel of land: see James Hopkins to TJ, 2 Jan. 1796.

SJL records letters that TJ wrote to his brother Randolph on 24 Aug. 1795, 9 May, 4 Sep., 3 Nov. 1796, 27 Oct. 1797, 8 Sep., 17, 28 Oct. 1798, 4 Apr., 6 Nov. 1799, and 17 Aug. 1800, none of which has been found. Also listed in SJL, but missing, are letters Randolph Jefferson wrote to TJ on 19 and 30 Aug. 1795 (received 23 and 31 Aug.), [1?] May 1796 (received 8 May), 3 Sep. 1796 (incongruously recorded as received on 2 Sep. 1796), 6 Sep. and 27 Oct. 1798 (received on the dates they were written), 7 Apr. 1799 (received the same day), and 12 and 21 Aug. 1800 (received on 12 and 24 Aug. respectively). The brothers corresponded again in August and September 1802, TJ writing on 14 Aug., 2 Sep., and 7 Sep., and Randolph on 13 Aug. (received the following day) and 2 Sep. (received the same day). Those letters, recorded in SJL, have also not been located.

Preceding six words interlined.

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