Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Jefferson, 9 July 1800

To George Jefferson

Monticello July 9. 1800.

Dear Sir

I wrote you last on the 7th. of June, since which your’s of the 9th. 16th. 23d. & 30th. have been recieved—as have all the articles announced in them as forwarded. a half dozen stick chairs should have come with the other articles from Philadelphia, & as I left them in mr Barnes’s wareroom with the other things, perhaps they did come, & have been mis-delivered by the Captain. tho’ were this the case I suppose the bill of lading would shew it—I have written to mr Barnes on the subject. I have this day written to Joseph Roberts for 3¼ tons of nail & hoop iron, which be pleased to forward immediately on reciept. what you mention on the subject of the proceeds of that from Carolina is well. I yesterday drew on you for £24–11 in favor of W. J. Aldridge or order which be pleased to honor on sight. should mr Eppes make a draught on you at all, it will probably be for something between 3. & 400. D. paiable after Oct. 1. before which day the money shall be placed with you by a draught on Mr. Barnes. I desired mr Archibd. Blair to pay into your hands 567.107 D for Philip Mazzei, which I will pray you to remit to mr Barnes, who will recieve direction[s on] transferring it to Hubbard.—send me, if you please, another dozen bottles of center. will you pass a part of the sickly season with us? it will always give [us] pleasure. I am Dear Sir

Yours affectionately

Th: Jefferson

[can you] […] [a big bundle] of [cord agreeable] to the sample enclosed […] to our bi[…] […] [you shew to me] […] [the natural] […] of the […].

July 10. P.S. I have opened my letter again to [write] you to send me 15[0.] ℔ of bacon. it would be preferred to be all of medlings. it is to provision the family of a mr Powel, coming to take charge of my nailery, and who I expect will be calling on you about the 20th. instant to […] him how to get up. I recommended to him to send his things by the boats, and even to bring his family in them. I shall thank you for any aid you [can give him].

PrC (MHi); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. George Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

I have written to Mr Barnes: see TJ to Barnes, 24 June 1800.

In SJL TJ noted that his letter to Joseph Roberts, Jr., of 9 July (now missing) was “for 3. tons rod, ¼ ton hoop.”

The payment to William J. Aldridge included £10.14.0 for groceries and the remaining £13.17.0 for the final payment to Chiles Terrell for Fitzpartner, the horse purchased by TJ in May 1799 (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, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1022; Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, Princeton, 1953 description ends , 99). A letter from TJ to Aldridge of 14 Sep. 1800 and letters from Aldridge, the first recorded in SJL as received 12 Sep. 1800, but without date, and the second recorded as a letter of 6 Oct. 1800 received on the same day, have not been found.

A letter from TJ to Archibald Blair of 4 July 1800 and the response by Blair of 12 July, recorded in SJL as received five days later, have not been found. Letters from Blair to TJ of 11 and 28 June 1794 and 26 Dec. 1795, recorded in SJL as received on 18 June and 1 July 1794 and 4 Jan. 1796, respectively, the first two from Richmond, and a letter from TJ to Blair of 19 June 1794, are also missing.

Sample enclosed: probably cord (alongside the entry for this letter in SJL TJ recorded: “chairs. £24–11 Alldridge. A. Blair. Center. cord. bacon”). In his records TJ notes that he paid 15/ for six bunches of sash cord on 21 July (Statement of Account with Gibson & Jefferson, 15 Jan. 1801).

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