List of Fields Leased to John H. Craven
[ca. 22 Aug. 1800]
The 5. fields leased to Mr. Craven
|No. 1.||the River field.||33⅔||to be cleared 1800–1|
|to be cleared adjact.||13⅔|
|No. 2.||Morgan’s fields.||35½||to be cleared 1801–2|
|to be cleared adjact.||64½|
|No. 3.||Outfield||40||to be cleared 1802–3|
|adjact to be cleared||2¼|
|No. 4.||Franklin’s field||45||to be cleared 1803–4|
|to be cleared adjact|
|No. 5.||Long field||40|
|The order in which they are to be tended.|
MS (MHi); entirely in TJ’s hand, with the crop rotation plan perhaps added at a later sitting, and the years “1806” through “1809” interlined at a later date; undated, but see preceding document.
Tufton and Monticello were on the same side of the Rivanna River and had adjoining fields. In his surveys TJ identified river field and the three fields included in No. 5 as part of Monticello, and the others with Tufton, although TJ evidently had a highfield at both Monticello and Tufton and sometimes used various names for the same field (Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, Princeton, 1953 description ends , 336, and illustrations of TJ’s surveys immediately following that page). TJ explained the crop rotation in his indenture with John H. Craven for the lease of fields and slaves at Tufton and Monticello, 23 Sep. 1800.