Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Brown, 23 May 1796

To James Brown

Monticello May 23. 96.

Dear Sir

Mr. Randolph tells me that a hogshead of my P. Forest tobacco has been lately sold by the inspectors as having remained there too long, and that you are kind enough to search into it in order to save the proceeds. It must of course have been of the following crops. To wit. of the
growth of 1789. sold to Mr. Donald

of 1790. } shipped in 91. & 92. on my own acct. to Philadelphia by D. Hylton
of 1791
of 1792 shipped to Mr. Brown on my acct.
of 1793 } sold to Mr. Brown.
of 1794

If it proves to be of 89. 93. or 94. the proceeds will belong to you because I was paid by the list from the Lynchburg warehouse. If of 90. 91. 92. it will belong to me.

I received your favor of May 3. Margaret Watson has no child, and I believe it is more than probable she will decline coming. But if she comes, the letter you were kind enough to inclose for her, directed her particularly to take a steerage passage, which a gardener I have who is not long since from Scotland, says is but £6. I omitted to mention a steerage passage to you, because it had not been spoken of, but the husband has shewn me the copy he retained of his letter, wherein it is expressly enjoined. It might not be amiss for you to limit your order to a steerage passage that she may not take it in the cabbin. I presume the whole advance will not exceed 11. or 12 guineas; if the tobacco abovementioned proves to be mine it may lie in your hands to countervail the advance. If not, I will place that sum in your hands before your friend in Scotland shall have advanced it.—The high price of waggonage, occasions me to leave a pipe of wine still trespassing on you. I am with great esteem Dr. Sir Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (Mrs. Henry M. Sage, Albany, New York, 1954); addressed: “James Brown esq. Richmond”; stamped; endorsed by Brown.

Brown’s favor of May 3, recorded in SJL as received 10 May 1796, has not been found. For the letter enclosed for Margaret Watson, see TJ to Brown, 27 Mch. 1796. A letter from Watson to TJ of 27 June, recorded in SJL as received 22 Sep. 1797, has not been found.

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