Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Jefferson, 23 June 1799

From George Jefferson

Richmond 23d. June 1799

Dear Sir,

I have made enquiry respecting the price of flour at the time you mention & find that the highest current price was 6.½$: for fine & 7$: for supr. fine—Johnston sold a few barrels of S.F. to the bakers in Janr. 98 at 7.½$: but he does not conceive that to be the price by which you should be governed. we also sold a small quantity in the same way at the same price—10 barrels at a time was the most we sold. J. did not sell as much.

I think when you before wrote me upon the subject I applied to Gallego—& am of opinion he informed me that he had sold at 7.½$:—if however you will refer to my letter, which I think was written in May or June last (for I have not always preserved copies) you can ascertain whether he did or not. he now says he did not sell higher than 7$:—I cannot conceive how the difference arises, unless he sold some which he considered as Cash, but entered it to the debit of some one for a few days—and it was then fresh in his memory, but has now forgotten it.

I believe I have not informed you that I sent the books you wanted, except one, by Wm. Faris to the care of Mr. Watson the 10th—

I will send you the hat by the first oppy and am,

Dear Sir Your Very humble servt.

Geo. Jefferson

As you did not mention any time of credit, I conclude it is the Cash price of which you wish to be informed.

G. J.

Washingtons reports £1–16–
Hennings Justice  1– 4–
Acts of Assembly   – 6–
G & N’s speeches   – 1–6
debates of the assembly   – 6–

RC (MHi); books and prices recorded on verso of address sheet; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson esqr. Monticello”; franked and postmarked; endorsed by TJ as received 28 June and so recorded in SJL.

You before wrote me: TJ to George Jefferson, 20 May 1798. See 28 May of that year for Jefferson’s letter to TJ, touching on the price of tobacco.

G & N’s speeches: addresses in the House of Representatives by Albert Gallatin and John Nicholas.

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